What can only be described as “a million fathers” are joining this year’s Million Father March for the first day of school.
Organized by The Black Star Project, the Million Father March aims to have all men (not just fathers) get involved in their family’s schooling. Male caretakers of all ages walked their kids to school, sat with them in class, and participated in other activities. The activities continue as more of the country’s kids are going back to school.
According to The Washington Times, fathers are disappearing from households across the United States, and the trend is hitting African Americans the hardest.
Thirty three percent of children in the United States are now living without a father, compared to a recorded 11% in 1960.
Some men just have a hard time moving into the role of an involved father. Some have done jailtime, some are caught in a cycle of low income and few means. Though oftentimes, society is quick to label these men as “absentee” or “deadbeat” dads, it’s possible that with some guidance and structure, they’ll end up being the best dad on the block.
Panama Jackson, who I’m going to pretend is my BFF just so I can say “yeah man, my friend Panama Jackson,” is one of the co-founders of VerySmartBrothas.com. And …