Understanding the importance of African American Fathers The presence of the black father is essential!

1. Historical Perspective
Early scholars Du Bois (1909) and Frazier (1939), recognized the dangers to the Black family, particularly the mythical matriarchal African African-American family.

2. Black Masculinity
African African-American men were stripped of their masculinity, which may have been the most damaging and de de-humanizing aspect of slavery.

3. The new African African-American family
In the mid 1960s only 22% of African African-American children were born to unwed mothers. From the late 1800s to the 1960 1960’s, close to 70% of black children were born to married couples.

4. Changing Economic Structure
The shift from manufacturing to the service industry, stagnation of real wages and the declining relative demand of low low-skilled labor. 1960 – there were 70 employed civilian Black men for every 100 Black women. 1990 – there were only 40 for every 100 Black women.

5. Birth Rates for Unmarried women
Over 53% of black, non non-Hispanic children lived with a single mother in 2002. Married parents: 27% African African-American children, 55% Hispanic children, 69% of Anglo children

6. An at at-risk population
Poverty & Economics: children residing with just mom consists of the poorest demographic group in America. only a 10% of the children living with both parents are living below poverty whereas over 60% of poor children are residing with a never married mother.

6. An at at-risk population
Poverty & Economics: children residing with just mom consists of the poorest demographic group in America. only a 10% of the children living with both parents are living below poverty whereas over 60% of poor children are residing with a never married mother.