20 Jun 2013
- Written by Kelly D. Price/Special to The New Tri-State Defender
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The 3rd Annual Boot Camp for Dads was a great success. I saw one after the other engaged in a great conversation about fatherhood and what it means to be a father. Both young and old — men talked about their idea of this fatherhood thing. One thing is true —we all know we have to do a better job of saving our children.
During the Locker Room Chat session, Reginald White, Michael Adrian Davis, and Rev. Hermon Jackson all asked the same questions — where do we go from here? How do we make a plan from here? Where do we take this knowledge that has been given to us? We present it here, at the Training Camp for Dads!
The highlight of the day was Elliot Perry; he talked about the need for men to stand up, roll up our sleeves and go to work rebuilding our families. Statistics say we [African American men] have poor family and home values, but we need to start identifying what we are going to do about it. We know the problem. Now let's fix it!
The Boot Camp for Dads was a perfect lead into Father's Day weekend. I looked at the faces of the fathers and sons that attend the boot camp. They looked as if the sun had come from behind and cloud and was shining in their faces. As we departed the camp I felt that the dads will be a more informed and ready to take up the task of helping our community.