Black Families Matter:The State of the Black Family 52 years after the Moynihan report, and 80 years after the New Deal
The year 2015 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the Moynihan Report (formally titled The Negro American Family: The Case for National Action). It explored reasons for the dramatic rise in out-of-wedlock births among African-Americans between 1940 and 1965 and probable consequences. Unexpectedly, the report generated a storm of protests, particularly from the emerging cultural left. It was soon politically buried, and with Moynihan’s warnings unheeded, the problems besetting African-American families worsened into the late twentieth century.
Moreover, the problems spread, as ill-formed social policies shaped martial decline and economic impoverishment that eroded the white middle class.
The BCS Leadership Initiative will:
- Give fresh attention to the report and its implications through a conference, a book, and a documentary film;
- Call together leaders in the Black Conservative movement to hear scholars analyze new and often surprising historical research on the African-American family;
- Identify and analyze six to eight initiatives that have successfully renewed contemporary African-American family life in recent decades (presenting an award to the best one); and
- Examining the biblical foundation and identifying the role of church in building strong families:
- Look for parallels from West Africa for building and supporting strong families in the twenty-first century.
- The Summit will culminate with the March for Marriage Saturday, June 17th 2017