Black fathers celebrated as important and positive role models with the Black Fathers Matter motorcade supported by officials, community leaders and activists.
WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 24, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Organizers and activists recognized and recognized the significant impact and positive impact black fathers have on the wholeness and wellbeing of a community with a new Father’s Day tradition in the heart of Washington, DC – The Black Fathers Matter Motorcade. Local residents and officials took part in a lively motorcade, decorated with signs and balloons, that drove across the city. Along the route, displays of BLACK FATHERS MATTER signs, black and silver balloons and ribbons on houses, yards and trees showed support for Black Fathers.
US representative Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys; the DC Fire Chief John A. Donnelly Sr.; and organizers Chuck Hicks, chairman of the DC Black Fathers Matter Project, and Dr. Frank Smith, founder and executive director of the African American Civil War Museum, spoke to attendees about the importance of celebrating black men.
The event was organized by the DC Black History Celebration Committee and more than a dozen civil rights, religious, and community organizations. Media coverage of the event included the front page of the Washington Post.
Chuck Hicks, chairman of the DC Black History Celebration Committee, organized the first Father’s Day celebration last year amid the pandemic and racial conflicts of 2020. He said he wanted to spread a positive message about black men in the face of black unarmed men killed by police. Hicks commented, “When we start talking about bringing this country together and being positive, we have to be positive about black men.”
“It’s important to remember and honor fathers who are doing their best for their children and their community, and we should also remember the unarmed men in DC and across the country who were killed by the police,” continued Hicks away. “These weren’t just fathers, they represent the full spectrum of male presence and father figures in our communities. This includes grandfathers, fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, cousins, teachers, clergymen and godparents. “
Anise Jenkins, founder of Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC) and one committee member said, “We need to do more to change the image of black men and fathers in DC and the nation.”
The motorcade started at the African American Civil War Museum and traveled across town after a rally attended by local organizations and free ice cream from Ben and Jerry.
At the endpoint in southeast DC, World Central Kitchen participated in the meals for the people taking the vaccine while the United Planning Organization distributed cleaning supplies and groceries. Stalls with brochures and information on health services lined the site.
Giant Pharmacy was manning a pop-up vaccination site and people were told, “Get the shot”. In the underserved and unvaccinated areas of southeast DC, this was an easy and convenient way for community members to get vaccinated if they weren’t already vaccinated.
The Church of Scientology made its How to Stay Well brochures available online at www.scientology.org/staywell/.
“It is important for people to see the good in society and to celebrate positive messages,” said Beth Akiyama of the Church of Scientology, one of the sponsoring organizations.
This is the second year of the Black Fathers Matter celebration and the positive message and community spirit continues each year.
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