The TRUTH About Black Men Being Present in their Children’s Lives Daddy’s Here Campaign Film Screening at the National Black Child Development Institutes 45th Annual Conference

October 7, 2015, Baltimore, MD “Daddy’s Here: When Being Present is The Only Option” is a documentary and National Outreach Campaign that celebrates African American fathers who are present in their children’s lives. Although 2 out of 3 black children live in homes without their fathers, according to recent studies, most of those fathers are still in their children’s lives, contrary to what the media would have you believe. How can we shatter this myth and at the same time encourage young African American fathers to be and stay present in their children’s lives?

On Tuesday, October, 20, there will be a screening of clips from the “Daddy’s Here” film, at the NBCDI 45th Annual Conference, taking place Oct. 17-20 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of nationally recognized individuals in the Fatherhood field.

Emmy award winning Producer Dean Radcliffe-Lynes says that the mission of the National Black Child Development Institute of engaging leaders, policymakers, professionals and parents around critical issues that directly impact Black children and their family’s falls in line with the mission of the Daddy’s Here Campaign. Our goal is to bring Fatherhood and the critical role fathers play in their children’s lives to the forefront of the national discussion when it comes to Black Children and Families. “Fathers should be playing a major role in all of the campaigns that are prevalent today, including My Brother’s Keeper, Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Black Lives Matter” states Radcliffe-Lynes. “When a father is in his or her child’s life, whether they live with him or not, it has a tremendous impact on that child’s success, academically, emotionally, financially and socially.”

The distinguished panel of guests joining in the discussion are: Vernon Wallace, Manager of the Center for Urban Families Responsible Fatherhood program, Lisa Nkonoki, Founder of Dads Do Make A Difference and a founder of Women in Fatherhood, Inc. (WIFI), Thabiti Boone, a President Obama Champion of Fatherhood and White House Liaison to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity International, Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter, creator of The Faces of Our Fathers Film Festival, and Dr. Constance Dallas, Assoc. Prof. College of Nursing at the University of Illinois, Chicago, noted for her study on adolescent African American fathers. Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Assoc. Professor, Loyola University Maryland, Communications and African and African American studies, will moderate.

“What do we need to do to assist fathers to be and stay present in their children’s lives? One way is to celebrate and uplift positive images of dads who are doing it every day. If our nation is to achieve its true potential, strong families are essential and families are stronger when dads are firmly in the lives of their children”, says Radcliffe-Lynes.

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