Those are the findings of a new study that shows why Black marriages work and their value to African-American communities.
“This all started about five years ago, when two of my students came up to me after class to ask me a question I couldn’t answer,” said Loren Marks, assistant professor of human ecology at Louisiana State University and author of the study called “Together, We Are Strong: A Qualitative Study of Happy, Enduring African American Marriages." “They asked me why there wasn’t any research done on strong, marriage-based black families like the ones they came from.”
Marks, along with several LSU colleagues, published “Together, We Are Strong: A Qualitative Study of Happy, Enduring African American Marriages" in the April issue of the Family Relations journal.
According to the researchers, scholars tend to view African-American families through what is known as a “deficit perspective,” a manner that emphasizes problems and negatives. The "Together" study, one of the only studies to look at positive, long-lasting African-American marriages, found that those relelationships are invaluable to Black communities.