Following the success of its best-selling predecessors, the Fourth Edition of Harriette Pipes McAdoo's Black Families retains several now classic contributions while including updated versions of earlier chapters and many entirely new chapters. The goal through each revision of this core text has been to compile a book that focuses on positive dimensions of African American families. The book remains the most complete assessment of black families available in both depth and breadth of coverage. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the book boasts contributions from such fields as family studies, anthropology, education, psychology, social work, and public policy.

Family Policies and Advocacy
Family Policies and Advocacy

Marian Wright Edelman presents statistics related to Black children's inability to have a fair chance to live, learn, and contribute to America. Eleven premises of effective advocacy are provided. This advocacy is needed by both Black and very poor children of all races in the United States. One thing that stands out is that nobody gives our children anything. We need to expend energy on real issues, not symbolic ones. We need to be prepared for a long fight. Our children need to be taught Black history, so they can gain confidence, self-reliance, and courage. No one institution—the family, Black churches, corporations, the government—has all of the power and responsibility to meet the needs of Black children and ...

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