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Marriage and family scholar to speak Tuesday, Feb. 9, in OKC

Marriage and family scholar Brad Wilcox will give several presentations on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Oklahoma City.

Wilcox is being hosted by the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma.

He will discuss his latest research findings on why marriage matters for the economic success of states and the well-being of children.

Timothy Tardibono, president of the Family Policy Institute, said he is excited about Wilcox’s visit.

"Professor Wilcox is one of America’s preeminent scholars on natural marriage and the positive impact intact families have on people, communities and states,” Tardibono said in a news release.

Wilcox will be presenting the findings of his new book: “Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love & Marriage Among African Americans and Latinos.”  He is a senior fellow of the Institute for Family Studies, a siting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a member of Oklahoma's Research Advisory Group. where he provides guidance to the nationally respected Family Expectations and Project Relate programs and strategies.

“Soul Mates” chronicles the vital role that churches are playing in contemporary America among Black and Latino families.

Rather than focusing on what’s wrong with American families, Wilcox shines a spotlight on the many happy couples that are benefiting from their regular participation in a spiritual community, according to the family policy institute's news release. Wilcox’s findings demonstrate that couples who attend religious services regularly, regardless of denomination, are much more likely to enjoy strong relationships, the news release added.

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Wilcox will be speaking at 3:30 to 4:30  p.m.  at MetroTech’s Springlake campus, 1900 Springlake Dr.

He also will speak from 2 to 3 at the same location about his new report: “Strong Families, Prosperous States.” Wilcox will discuss how strong families increase median family income, reduce child poverty, and strengthen the American Dream for poor children. Wilcox will also address various strategies for creating a more prosperous Oklahoma, including family strengthening services and eliminating marriage penalties in welfare programs.


For more information and to register, go to www.okfamily.org/events.  

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

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Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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