restricted access Open to Love: Polyamory and the Black American

It is estimated that 4% to 5% of the adult population within United States are openly engaging in polyamorous style relationships. Black Americans are substantially underrepresented in that percentage. This composition discusses polyamory and how polyamorous relationship structures may be beneficial in black community building, restoration and strengthening efforts. The first section focuses on polyamory, its history, manifestations, and theory. The second section dissects Black American social conditions throughout American history. The third section discusses polyamory and its implementation within the Black American community. The fourth section highlights a personal interview with a Black American polyamorous woman to provide intimate insight into life as a polyamorous Black American.