Sociologists examine the state of black families 50 years after groundbreaking report

Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1965 report on the structural causes of the fragmentation of the black family has been so hotly debated that serious research on the complexity of the problem has been undermined for decades. Now on the 50th Anniversary of “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action,” and in new research for Education Next, Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor and director of the Kennedy School’s Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program, with Harvard colleagues James Quane and Jackelyn Hwang, find poor black children today are increasingly likely to grow up in family units in the inner city whose dire circumstances affect every aspect of their lives. —> Read More Here


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