Author: Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The author, sociologist, diplomat, senator, and politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927–2003) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but grew up in New York City and then attended Tufts University, from where he received his B.A, M.A, and Ph.D. in sociology. He then served as Assistant Secretary of Labor under President John F. Kennedy, studying poverty in America and authoring “The Moynihan Report”—officially titled “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.” After spending a few years in the 1960s as director of the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies, he then went to work for President Richard M. Nixon as his Counselor for Urban Affairs. In 1973, Nixon appointed Moynihan as US Ambassador to India, and in 1976 he was elected to the US Senate from the state of New York. He served in the Senate for four terms, retiring in the year 2000. 

The Negro Family: The Case for National Action

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The removal of legal obstacles to equality of opportunity did not directly lead—and has not yet led—to equal results for African Americans considered as a group. Partly as a result, the demand for greater equality of outcomes has risen—especially in matters economic, where the black-white income gap continues to widen.