Happy Fathers Day …Let’s Celebrate Dad

FROM FATHER’S DAY 2010
A few years ago we were planning a Father’s Day program at church and we were saying that the fathers needed to be given an instructional sermon. After the discussion my pastor asked us a simple question. He asked “why do we celebrate moms on Mother’s Day, but on Father’s Day we choose to lecture them?” We had never looked at it quite that way we were lecturing them. That is what I feel we have been doing to black fathers for years. The community and the media have fashioned an image of the black fathers and so many have collectively bought into the myth. Don’t get me wrong I know there are many fathers who are not truly fathers they are merely “babby daddies”, many who frequent the Maury Povich Show. Last year we heard of Desmond Hatchett of TN, he has fathered 21 children by 11 different women, and he is only 30 years old. He works a minimum wage job and is not financially able to take care of them. Although he is a sensational case, he is not reflective of black fatherhood. There are thousands of black fathers that work everyday and take care of their children. They love their children and spend quality time teaching their children how to be better people. This group is ignored by the mainstream, but they are there for their children everyday. So today let’s celebrate dads. I especially celebrate my late father who taught us at an early age how a man should treat his wife and daughters, and to my husband and father of my children who instills wise counsel and good values into the lives of our children. It is a hard job, but so many of them do it well, and today is our day to just say thanks.

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