VIDEO: ‘Million Father March’ Asks Dads To Be More Involved

BY: - 21 Aug '12 | On the Web

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Eight years ago, 10 men from Chicago, IL began a movement known as the Million Father March. Black Star Project’s initiative began as a way to get fathers more involved in their child’s education, influence stronger family bonds and produce better students. Since its beginning in 2004, the project has spread to over 800 cities nationwide as well as a few overseas in Tamale, Ghana and London, England where fathers are asked to walk their child to school on the first day and commit to being actively involved throughout the school year. Although the initiative was created for Black men, men and women of all races are encouraged to participate.

One Jacksonville, Fl father David Hurst walked his son, Charlie, to school on his first day on August 20. Hurst says, “Any opportunity to be with him is good. Whether its the first day or the twentieth day.”

Studies from the National Fatherhood Initiative indicate that children whose fathers are involved in their social development and education have higher test scores, grade point averages and graduation rates from high school to name a few. Lower rates of arrest, violent behavior, drug and alcohol use have also been shown.

“The more involved you are the better I think it is,” says Hurst.

Find out more about the initiative on the Black Star Project’s website and see how you can set up a march in your community.

BMWK, why do you feel it’s important for parents to be a part of their child’s first day of school? What are some of your favorite experiences during your child’s first day?

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Stacie Bailey is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a master's degree in Interactive Communications. She has strong interests in youth, social media and an overall love for sharing knowledge and information.

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  1. Briana Myricks

    I would love to see more fathers involved in their children’s education. My dad and stepdad often helped us with our homework, but I think dads should take a seriously active role. More than just handing out whoopins for Ds and Fs lol

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VIDEO: Toddler Fight Club Video Gets Daycare Workers Arrested

BY: - 21 Aug '12 | On the Web

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After a video surfaced showing disturbing footage of what is called a “toddler fight club”, three employees at The Hands of Our Future LLC Daycare in Dover, Delaware were suspended and will now be charged. Two 3-year-olds were filmed via cell phone video fighting each other at the daycare last March.

Although the video has not been released to the public, police report that one child could be heard saying “He’s pinching me!” Following that statement, a daycare employee is heard saying, “No pinching, only punching.” Clearly, this was an orchestrated brawl, instigated by the workers.

The employees, 19 year old Tiana Harris, 21 year old Estefania Myers, and 47 year old Lisa Parker, have all been charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangering and conspiracy. This is very disheartening to hear, since we recently reported another disturbing daycare incident in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, just a few weeks back.

News coverage of the incident is below.

Are you more wary of leaving your children in daycare with multiple instances of neglect and/or abuse popping up?


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Briana is a writer, influencer, and Shero who's California bred and Texas fed. When she's not explaining the world of blogging and social media to entrepreneurs and small business owners, you can find her sharing memes, gifs, and her life lessons on her blog.

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