Low Marriage Rates of African Americans Name Institution Low Marriage Rates of African Americans Annotated bibliography Anthony E. O. King, Terrence T. Allen (2007). Personal Characteristics of the Ideal African American Marriage Partner, A Survey of Adult Black Men and Women, 39 (4), 570-588 https://doi.org/10.1177/0021934707299637The survey seeks to find out the various preferences personal characteristics of marriage partners among the unmarried American black men and women. The dominant characteristics include a good education, financial stability, spiritual, self-confident and reliable among others. Both men and women seem to be seeking partners who are earning more than they are. Despite coding the topic as ‘personal characteristics,' it seems more inclined to financial issues more than any other. The findings from the research will assist in getting to know what interests African American men when looking for a marriage partner and why they prefer them. Barr, A. B., Simons, R. L., & Simons, L. G. (2015). Non-marital Relationships and Changing Perceptions of Marriage among African American Young Adults. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 77(5), 1202–1216. http://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12209The non-marital relationships among the young Africa American adults were evaluated to determine their effect on their general perceptions about marriage. Cohabiting is the most dominant relationship. Some of those not in relationships considered marriage important to them while others had other determining factors such as not wanting to be committed to any relationship. The findings reveal the actual face of the young adults and attitude towards marriage.