Sunday, 6 June 2010

Black Fatherhood in the 21st Century

I was recently invited to the House of Commons to the launch of a campaign on Black Fatherhood. The event was hosted by David Lammy MP and the Runnymede Trust. There were about fifty people in the audience, many of whom were involved in groups already doing great work on fatherhood.
David told the audience that he had been concerned about fatherhood for many years: his own father had left when he was 11 years old, he explained the effect this had on him and his family, and how it had felt like a personal betrayal. He recognised that a lot of people in the black community had private conversations about affects of fathering on family life, and said it is time to be brave enough to talk openly about it. In his speech he explained the particular challenges that face the black community – it is well worth reading.
David has started making these conversations public by producing a video showing discussions about fatherhood with black men of all ages and backgrounds. I found it really hardening to see a group of black professional men sitting on the House of Commons terrace discussing the effect their fathers had had in their lives.
One of the fathers in the audience was sporting a black t-shirt with 'I am the Dad' across the front. It turns out he's set up an organisation of the same name, has a band called Green Jade and is releasing the single Fathers Day in time for Fathers Day.
I met some of the other good people from organisations promoting fatherhood, you might want to check these out: Mighty Men of Valour, 100 Black Men and DadsHouse.



1 comment:

Dawna said...

Hi Lucinda

I stumbled onto your website and thought you might be interested in checking out our pamphlet on fatherhood. You can read more about it at

http://www.rose-publishing.com/fatherhood

If you have any interest in writing a review for our pamphlet on fatherhood, I'd be happy to send you a free copy if you agree to read it and write a 200+ word review, and post it. If you agree to the terms below, please copy and paste the terms, along with your contact information, and send in an email to reviews@rosepublishing.net. We’ll send you a free PDF copy of this pamphlet. Send us the link to where your review is posted and we will supply you with future new product releases for blog posts and reviews.


TERMS: Read the pamphlet and write a 200+ word review. The review can be positive or negative, it just needs to be based on the entire product. Post your review on your blog and any consumer retail website (such as Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, booksamillion.com, borders.com, christianbook.com, lifeway.com, FamilyChristian.com, or Rose-publishing.com). All have a section on each book’s product page dedicated to customer reviews. To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, please mention as part of every Web or retail site review that Rose Publishing has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy.


Dawna