One Million Fathers March their Kids to School
All over the country, fathers, grandfathers, big brothers and other men who care are descending upon America’s schools with their children on the first day of school. The Million Father March has become a powerful day on which fathers demonstrate their commitment to their children, their families, and their communities through their massive presence at school.
The Black Star Project, in partnership with local community organizations, sponsors the Million Father March on the first-day-of-school in hundreds of cities across the United States and internationally. An estimated 600,000 men in 475 cities participated last year and the number is expected to grow this year.
Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college. Additionally, children have fewer behavior problems when fathers listen to and talk with them regularly and are active in their lives. A good father is part of a good parenting team and is critical to creating a strong family structure. Strong family structures produce children who are more academically proficient, socially developed and self-assured. Such children become adults who are valuable assets to their communities.
Participants in the event include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers and friends of the family. Although this event was created by African-American fathers, women and men of all ethnicities are invited to march their children to school on their first day and to continue to be engaged powerful forces in the academic success of our children.
Contact the Black Star Project at (773)285-9600 or blackstar1000 AT ameritech DOT net for more information on the Million Father March and to find out how you can participate or organize an event in your area.
The Million Father March Pledge for Fathers and Men
I will take my children or a child to school and I will be at a school on the first day to encourage all children to do their best every day at school.
I am responsible for the education of my child.
I will volunteer at my child’s school three times this school year.
I will pick up my child’s progress report or grade report when required.
I will meet with my child’s teachers at least two times this year and support them in educating my child.
I will teach my child the value of family as well as the value of education.
I will mentor my child or a child and I will teach children the values of education and family as well as the value of life.
I will work with my child’s mother or guardian to achieve the best academic and social outcomes for my child even if I do not live with my child.