Men Come Together and March In The Name of Fatherhood.
Fathers across the country are geared and ready to take their kids to the first day of school in The Million Father March. The Million Father March is a coordinated by The Black Star Project and The National Fatherhood Initiative. The Million Father March is the beginning of a year-long commitment of men to children educationally, socially, financially, emotionally and spiritually. The Million Father March is an opportunity for all men to show their commitment to the educational lives of their children on the first day of school and throughout the school year. The Black Star Project’s Million Father March puts men near the front doors at schools, while taking their child/children to the first day of school. More than 770 cities partake in this event across the country. Some cities such as Detroit, MI have started a massive event with the fathers in the community, meeting and marching to the first day of school with their children. Phillip Jackson, founder of the Black Star Project who saw a decline of black fathers involved in their children’s lives, created the march. My hometown Benton Harbor, Michigan is eighty percent African American with a high percentage of single parent households headed by women. I signed on to be the local organizer in 2010 for my hometown. Pre-planned initiatives are in the works for The Million Father to be a huge success in Benton Harbor, MI for the year 2012. Although there was moderate success during the Million Father March in 2010, the look on the children faces when their fathers brought them to the first day of school was priceless. This event would involve the Benton Harbor Area Schools, city official, churches, local business and volunteers. Phillip Jackson stated, “On the first day of school each year since the March began in 2004, Black fathers, relatives, men, and significant male caregivers are asked to take their children to their first day of school across the country and around the world. Fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers and friends of the family will participate in the event. While this event was created for Black men, men and women of all races, nationalities and faith backgrounds are also encouraged to take children to school on this first day.” The Million Father March is great opportunity for the city of Benton Harbor to break the cycle of absentee fathers and encourage youth in their educational endeavors. Male involvement not only in education, but also in children’s personal lives can create better boys, who become great men. For more information on the Million Father March or to get involved go to www.blackstarproject.org.