Fathers Incorporated Partners with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to encourage 20,000 Black Fathers to join “the HONORABLE man” Campaign
The effort seeks to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the upcoming Million Man March by focusing on the importance of Responsible Fatherhood
August 17, 2015, Atlanta, GA—Current trends are showing that black fathers in America are spending more time day-to-day with their children than any other segment of the population. While no one thing can take credit for the shift in behavior or exposing more clarity on existing behavior, the news is something to be recognized and be celebrated.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Million Man March of October 1995. It’s a perfect occasion to highlight the positive trends of black fathers. “What better partnership to have than one with one of the most respected fraternities in the country; Omega Psi Phi,” says Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated. “The momentum is building for our Honorable Man campaign. In just a few short weeks the campaign has signed black fathers from more than 86 U.S. cities.”
Omega Psi Phi represents over 750 undergraduate and graduate chapters, both nationally and internationally. Formed in 1911, the fraternity has built its foundation on its cardinal principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift. “The Men of Omega firmly believe that the family nor the community will ever be complete without the contribution of the father or a Black male father figure. The lives of those in our communities will be better when our young Black Men are given the chance to live to their full potential and contribute their talents and skills to society. We are committed to help make this happen,” says Antonio F. Knox Sr., Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Up until the march, the Atlanta based not-for-profit and its partners will encourage at least 20,000 black fathers across the nation to sign “the HONORABLE man” pledge on its website (www.millionblackfathers.com) in order to represent the new 21st Century dad at the October 10th, twentieth anniversary celebration of the Justice or Else Million Man March in Washington, DC.
"We have a duty to be actively involved in working with our fathers through highlighting the importance of their being involved in the lives of their children. As we face these most difficult times the family structure with the father present provides a strong support element to insure survival. We proudly join Fathers Incorporated in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March and are committed to working to this end in every possible way," continues, Robert W. Fairchild, Chair, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative
Activities include a comprehensive social media campaign in order to generate conversation around the principles of the HONORABLE man, “word of the week”, video of the week and contest challenges to sign up fathers to take the pledge. The hashtag #honorableman will be used to capture the excitement created by the effort.
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Fathers Incorporated launches “the HONORABLE man” campaign to encourage 20,000 Black Fathers to represent at the upcoming Million Man March
August 3, 2015, Atlanta, GA—It has been nearly 20 years since the historic Million Man March in October of 1995. Much has transpired over this time with the nation’s Black Men and Families. Recent Pew research indicates that black fathers are engaged more than any other population of fathers in the day-to-day activities and rearing of their children. “We have a long way to go, however we have made some significant progress in challenging and disproving the societal view of black fathers,” says Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated.
Beginning the first week in August and up until the march, the Atlanta based not-for-profit will encourage at least 20,000 black fathers across the nation to sign “the HONORABLE man” pledge on its website (www.millionblackfathers.com) in order to represent the new 21st Century dad at the October 10th, twentieth anniversary celebration of the Justice or Else Million Man March in Washington, DC.
“In the first couple of weeks (pre-launch) we already have signatures from fathers in 33 cities in 13 states presenting nearly 100 children. This is a clear indicator that black fathers understand both the significance and importance of having their voices represented on the platform of this historic and memorable occasion,” says Braswell.
For eleven weeks leading up the march, activities will include a comprehensive social media campaign to generate conversation around the principles of the HONORABLE man, to include “word of the week”, video of the week and contest challenges to sign up fathers to take the pledge. The hashtag #honorableman will be used to capture the excitement created by the effort.
FI is also proud to announce its National Advisory Council. These progressive thought leaders from around the country will advise and assist the development and implementation of the campaign. "The Campaign for Black Male Achievement believes that Black men are assets to their families and communities, particularly as caring, loving fathers in the lives of their children. That’s why were are thrilled to partner with Fathers Incorporated’s Honorable Man campaign to encourage 20,000 Black fathers to be engaged in the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. We envision that this campaign will revive and encourage thousands of Black fathers to elevate their impact in the lives of their families and community,” says Shawn Dove, CEO, Campaign for Black Male Achievement.
National Advisory Council
Joel Austin (Daddy University)
Thabiti Boone (White House Champion for Fatherhood)
Ali and Arlene Brathwaite (Brathwaite Publishing)
Matt Crews (United League of Hip Hop Fathers)
Shawn Dove (Campaign for Black Male Achievement)
Rev. Darren Ferguson (Starve The Beast)
Cheryl Ford (Black Butterfly)
Lamont Jones (The Furthering Fathering Corporation)
Franklyn Malone (100 Fathers Inc.)
David Miller (Dare to be KING)
Patrick Patterson (Global Partners for Fathers and Families)
Derek Phillips (Real Dads Network)
Daryl Rolle (The Catalyst League)
Kimberly Seals Allers (Mocha Manual)
Ron Williams (Fathers Incorporated)
The campaign launches Monday, August 3rd. For more information to support or promote the campaign you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join us on Twitter @millionblkdads, Facebook at www.facebook.com/millionblackfathers and our website at www.millionblackfathers.com.
Photo Caption: Fathers Incorporated Executive Director Kenneth Braswell on recent mission trip to Ghana, Africa to work with boys and men.
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