The aim is to educate the community on reasons to honor good fathers and to promote celebrating them for what they contribute to their children, their families and their communities, while correcting the myth* that Black Fatherhood is dead.
*The CDC reports that Black fathers who live with their children are more likely than fathers of other races to provide physical care (bathe, diaper, feed) for their young children, read to their children, and help their children with their homework—all on a daily basis—than fathers of other races who also cohabitate with their kids. The report also reveals that, among dads who don’t live with their children, Black dads are more likely to be involved in care, including reading to their children, helping them with homework, talking to them about their days, and taking them to activities, than Hispanic or white dads who live apart from their kids. Non-residential Black fathers are also the least likely to report that they’re not at all involved in the care of their children, including bathing, dressing, changing diapers, and playing with their children.
- Alecia Eberhardt-Smith, August 11, 2020 https://www.givelegacy.com/resources/the-truth-about-black-fatherhood/
We will urge families to watch the panel discussion together and to submit questions for the panelists. We will encourage youth and parenting partners to nominate fathers for a Good Dad Award (https://urbanlight.org/good-dad-award/), which will be announced the following Saturday (June 19). Youth will be provided other ideas for how to celebrate their dads on Fathers' Day.
Pastor Eli Williams, President of Urban Light Ministries will moderate the panel discussion. Panelists will include Glenn Harris, Assistant Director of Prevention, ODVN; Calvin Williams, President of Lucian Families, Inc.; and, Muqit Sabur, Founder and Leader of the Center
Event partners include: Gammon House Inc., Urban Light Ministries, NAACP Springfield. Funding by Ohio Commission on Fatherhood.