Conference Presentations


Addressing the Black Marriage Crisis
Presented by Sharon Brooks Hodge, executive director of Black Family Preservation Group, Inc. at the 2013 NARME (National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education) conference in Anaheim, California.


Promoting Marriage: An Approach to Responsible Fatherhood
Presented by Sharon Brooks Hodge, executive director of Black Family Preservation Group, Inc. at the 13th Annual International Fatherhood Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 2013.


Addressing The Black Marriage Crisis

Presented by Sharon Brooks Hodge, executive director of Black Family Preservation Group, Inc. at Daddy University, the 9th Annual Fatherhood Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 7, 2014.


Addressing The Black Marriage Crisis
Presented by Sharon Brooks Hodge, executive director of Black Family Preservation Group, Inc. at Wilberforce Weekend 2014 in Chantilly, Virginia.

The POISE Foundation is an African American led community foundation whose mission is to assist the Pittsburgh Region’s Black community in achieving self-sustaining practices. It carries out this mission through strategic leadership, collective giving, grantmaking, and advocacy. 


POISE intentionally seeks to lift up and support the family as a core institution around which Pittsburgh’s Black community may redevelop. This position paper provides a rationale for the POISE Foundation’s shift to a family-centered approach.


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Research, Reports and Published Studies on Black Families


The Moynihan Report 

The Negro Family: The Case For National Action (known as the Moynihan Report, 1965) was written by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist serving as Assistant Secretary of Labor under President Lyndon B. Johnson. His report focused on the deep roots of black poverty in the United States and controversially concluded that the high rate of families headed by single mothers would greatly hinder progress of blacks toward economic and political equality.


The Moynihan Report Revisited

This report revisits Moynihan’s analysis and examines the state of black families today, some five decades after Moynihan’s work. In addition to gauging how the circumstances of black families have changed over time, it compares them with other racial and ethnic groups. Although social progress has opened the doors of opportunity to many talented members of the black community, large socioeconomic gaps between blacks and whites remain.


Read these reports and you will understand

why we promote marriage and stable families.


Strengthening the family unit within African-American Culture

Strengthening Black Families: A Case for Philanthropic Investment


Black Family Preservation Group's executive director served on the national advisory committee for the POISE Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA, and contributed to the development of this report.