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Webcast -- Black Families Five Decades After the Moynihan Report

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This forum, a partnership of the Urban Institute and Fathers Incorporated, is funded by the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

The family, “battered and harassed by discrimination,” is “the fundamental source of the weakness of the Negro community,” declared the landmark 1965 analysis, The Negro Family: The Case for National Action. Penned by Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan (later a senator from New York), the report is considered by many the most poignant collection of statistical analysis and social commentary in modern times—not because of what it revealed, but because of how close it came to the truth.


Do the truths of five decades ago still hold today? Have the daunting statistics of the 1960s improved or worsened? Over the years, have the unsettling circumstances of black families become part of the white and Hispanic experiences? What must fathers and others do to improve family well-being? And what policy pathways await national action?

Gregory Acs, director, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute
Michelle Alexander, author, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Kenneth Braswell, executive director, Fathers Incorporated
Ronald Mincy, director, Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-Being, Columbia University
Helen Mitchell, director, strategic planning and policy development, Office of U.S. Representative Danny Davis
Janks Morton, producer, What Black Men Think
Jeffrey Shears, director, Social Work Research Consortium, Department of Social Work, University of North Carolina–Charlotte
Margaret Simms, director, Low-Income Working Families project, Urban Institute

Moynihan Short Presentation (PDF)
Moynihan Long Presentation (PDF)
Moynihan Extra Material (PDF)
1965 Moynihan Report Revisited: Video
Moynihan Forum Transcript (PDF)

For more information, visit www.moynihanrevisited.com.

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