A Man Lies With a Woman: Life of an Unfathered Child

I did not ask to be or not to be a man lies with a woman. Unfathered before I was born like a slave who does not own a father’s name. In my mother’s womb, I listened but did not hear his voice, nor sensed his touch. Nine months sentenced to a home that no...

A Testimony to Heroic Fatherhood

Recently, I was scheduled to update the Jackson County Legislature regarding our fathering program through the county prosecutor’s office. In the program, first-time offenders can defer prosecution by attending life-skills classes, and I teach the one on...

James: A Glimpse at Inner-City Fathers

DEAR DAD: You make me so #*@$! sick. Some nights I be wanting to kill you with my bear hands. The evil things you done to me makes me want to kill you even more. I blame you for the #*@$! up thoughts I have. Sure enough my life is better then what you said it was...

Boys to Men

The role of the father or father figure is critically important to the task of taking our African American boys from boyhood into manhood. The vacuum of this required fathering role has had a devastating impact on our urban communities and it is time that we fill this...

Mothers at the Gate

The Gate Keeper “I’m tired of the way you treat me-like a criminal!” he shouted into the receiver, “you’re tired?” I shouted back. “I’m tired of your bull…you expect me to trust you?” “It ain’t a...

Sacrificing for the Dream

There are many perspectives on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Perspectives about which we continue to explore, write and speak. Pastor of the people, Philosopher of non-violence, Ph.D. in theology, Peacemaker of Nobel Prize quality, Protester of racial...