According to a study conducted by the Yale Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course, nearly twice as many African American females remain unmarried compared to Caucasian females. Additionally, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, African American females outnumber their male counterparts by 1.8 million. For these reasons, the African American community has had to get creative with their dating techniques, sometimes taking the search online or expanding their social horizons.
Online Dating Sites
Many African Americans are taking their search online to find love because confining their search to local dating opportunities can be too limiting. Joining an African American dating site will help filter through a wide range of member profiles more efficiently and eliminate those that do not meet minimum dating criteria. Popular dating sites targeting the African American community include Black Singles, Soul Singles, Ebony Friends and Afro Connections (see Resources). Keep in mind that there may be a membership fee to gain full access into the dating site.
Values can be just as important as ethnicity and church is a place to meet other singles that are not only African American, but also share the same beliefs as you. The best way to find a potential date is to get involved with the church by joining the gospel choir or volunteering to help out at events. There are many churches across the country that cater specifically to the African American community. To find a church near you, visit The Black Church Directory (see Resources) for recommendations.
Local Hangout Spots
Popular hangout spots such as coffee shops or jazz clubs provide an environment conducive to social interaction. Depending on your location, find a spot where African American locals gather and make a point to chat with other singles. Converse over a tasty appetizer or ask for coffee or book recommendations. This is an effective way to see if you have things in common before going on that first date.
University Club Events
If you are a college student, explore your on campus options. There may be clubs or organizations available that are specific to the African American community. Also, consider possibly joining a sorority or fraternity. Engaging with other African American students on a common platform will ensure that you share similar interests and eventually catapult your friendship into a dating relationship.