In a previous post, I highlighted an amazing organization, Black Fathers Rock. Well, last night I was able to attend the “Dialogue with Dads” open forum and wanted to share some of the discussion with you all.
Hosted by founder Ryan Jor El, the purpose of “Dialogue with Dads” is to create a safe space for Black fathers (Black men in general) to come together and talk. We can discuss the issues within our community, business ventures, networking ideas, and more. Last night’s event was a major success, and the focus centered around building up our Black boys. Some of the key points are as follows:
- We, as Black men, need to become advocates in our neighborhoods. Black boys being around positive Black men can change them biologically.
- To do that, we’re going to have to heal from our traumas and tear down the walls that we have amongst each other. Brothers need to feel like they’re loved, valued, needed, and belong.
- More open dialogue between Black men and Black boys is needed to build trust and grow as a community. That dialogue has to be rooted in grace and love for our people.
- Professional and Manhood Training Courses need to be developed. A lot of Black boys do not have a father figure in the home, and they’re missing out on learning some much-needed manhood skills. But that’s going to change.
- In regards to business, we need to organize investment groups to buy the property and start businesses for our communities.
- Black Fathers Rock will become a global movement. You read it correctly, GLOBAL!
I thoroughly enjoyed this event and can’t wait until the next one. Black men, we have to heal, repair, and rebuild our bond as brothers before any progression is made. And “Dialogue with Dads” is a great start.
Until Next Time…