August 02, 2013

Congress Urged To Expand Opportunities for Black Boys; Million Father March in Philadelphia and Evansville, If you ever doubted that most Black men love and care for their children...; Rumble, Young Man, Rumble - Highlights from Black Male Achievement Summit

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Congress Urged 
to Expand Opportunities for African-American Boys
By Gina Cairney
July 25, 2013
Tracy Martin, the father of the African-American teenager who was shot and killed last year in an incident that renewed national debates over race relations, urged members of Congress to improve the educational opportunities of black boys.
Nationwide, statistics show that African-American boys tend to have poorer educational outcomes than their white peers. An Education Week report found such students are disproportionately affected by school discipline policies, effectively funneling them into "school-to-prison pipelines."
Martin, with three other experts and advocates, testified yesterday at a hearing by the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys, on the status of America's black youth and men, and the efforts needed from politicians and community members to help provide more opportunities for black youth and men and improve their outcomes in society.
The hearing came in the wake of the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch leader who shot the unarmed Trayvon Martin in February 2012, after calling police to report that the younger man looked "suspicious." Mr. Zimmerman claimed that his actions were in self-defense.
"As citizens, we can't stand by and let a not guilty verdict dictate what our youth legacy becomes," the elder Martin said at the hearing.
David Johns, the executive director at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, stressed the need for programs and mentoring to address the achievement gap between black children and their higher-performing white and Asian counterparts, and the need for increased entrepreneurial opportunities among black males.
"Neither ZIP code nor skin tone should predetermine the quality of a child's opportunities," Johns said, but as some of Education Week's coverage suggests, this is not the case in some parts of the country.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Joins Million Father March 2013

The recent financial circumstance confronting the Philadelphia school  system, has threatened the very existence of Public Education  in the fifth largest City of the United State of America.
As the co-coordinator of the Philadelphia Million Father March, I urge, implore, and appeal to all the men who have participated in the event and those on the sidelines to come forward and demonstrate, force and concern by walking every child to school on the first day of the upcoming school year -sign up now and let us begin the task at hand!
Act Now: sign-up, help out, donate $5.00 or more if you can.  
Call David Fattah 215-473-5893 or email 
Click Here to See a Video of Brother David Fattah, Philadelphia Mayor Mayor Michael Nutter and the Men of Philadelphia in their Million Father March.
Evansville, Indiana 
Joins Million Father March 2013
Annual event encourages fathers
to take children to school

By Ashley Lohman 
July 29, 2013

On August 14, Evansville will join more than 800 cities across the country for the Million Father March 2013.
The annual event, sponsored by The Black Star Project and the Evansville Commission on the Social Status of African-American Males, encourages fathers to take their children to school on the first day of classes.
Organizers of the Million Father March believe when a father takes his child to school, he provides an escort of safety, support, and encouragement to the child that will translate into better grades, higher scores, and a greater appreciation for education.
"I see this as a first step for many fathers and father figures to be brought into the fold as it relates to advancing a community-based approach to improving educational outcomes for our children," says David Wagner, chairman of the Evansville Commission on the Social Status of African-American Males.
Phillip Jackson, executive director of The Black Star Project, U.S.A., says a father's involvement in his child's education is one of the best ways to improve academic performance. "Gang recruitment, bullying and random violence goes way down on any day that a group of men are at a school," Jackson says.
An estimated 1.1 million men will participate in the project nation-wide.
Local businesses are asked to give fathers two hours off, with pay, to take their children to school.
For more information about the Million Father March 2013, send an email to or call 812-436-4927.
"Rumble, Young Man, Rumble!"
Highlights from the Black Male Achievement Summit 
held in Louisville, Kentucky, July 24 through 26, 2013

By Opening Back-to-School Bank Account, Youth Earn CASH$$$ for Account
If you have ever been tempted to believe the myth that most Black men do not love and care for their children, click here and watch that myth disappear forever with the 2013 Black Star Project's Daddy Daughter Dance. You will shed a tear at the love and caring of Black men for their children.  

Please call 773.285.9600 to bring the Daddy Daughter Dance to Your City.
380 Cities Have Signed  Up for the 2013 Million Father March!!! Click Here to See If Your City Has Signed Up.
Every Father and Every Man in America Should Take A Child to School on the First Day of School for the
Million Father March!!!  This Is How We Make America Great!!!

Call 773.285.9600 and ask for Vince Cain to lead the effort in your city.  Women should encourage and support men in this effort.  Women can also take the lead.  We have everything you need to create a successful Million Father March in your city. 

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