Above photo: Chevy Eugene (Phd Candidate) and his older daughter Julissa
Above photo: Chevy with his younger daughter Frantz.
We are Black Fathers is an online campaign that Black Daddies Club is doing leading up to Father’s Day to celebrate the Black fathers and Black men who are out there making a difference in the lives of so many people. However, these stories of Black fathers and their narratives are not usually on the front pages of the newspaper or the images we see saturated on our social media feeds these days.
During this time of Covid-19 pandemic and social consciousness rising around Black life, Black Daddies Club feels that it is important that we pause and highlight these Black men while they are still with us alive, rather than mourn their lives after they have been eradicated and taken from us, which is what it has been feeling like as I watch the news or scroll through my social media that is saturated with riots, Black people dying or being brutalized. It has been hurtful in hearing and seeing these various instances where people who are not Black sharing their sentiments that Black people lives do not matter, to the point that I have to take time off social media or decide that watching the news might not be the best thing for my mental health that day.
This brings us to the importance of sharing these stories of Black fathers with their children through the ‘We are Black Fathers’ campaign, which is to bring some positive imagery around Black men and Black fathers on social media, as it feels like we could also use some more positive imagery of Black men right now. This campaign is not here to pretend or forget that Black men and Black people are not being hung, brutalized, incarcerated, etc. This project is a reminder that that Black men/ Fathers do matter, that we are loveable, that we are human and now during these times is a reminder for the importance of critical hoping for Black people more than ever before.
Join the campaign, share your stores, Black Fathers please send us an image of yourself and your family as well as the following information:
- Your name (first and last)
- Your contact phone number
- Best email to contact you
- Bio (50-100 words maximum) optional
These images will be used on Black Daddies Club website and social media.
Founder, The Black Daddies Club