Richmond educators are encouraging fathers and father-figures to take their children or a child to their first day of school.
And employers are being asked to give fathers and male mentors a couple hours off work with pay to participate in the Million Father March, a national event encouraging fathers and men to become mentors to young people and participants in their education.
The principal, staff and faculty at Lovonya DeJean Middle are set to host their annual program at the school honoring the Million Man March. DeJean Middle begins school on Monday, Aug. 21 at 8:30 a.m., and the program will start about 10 minutes later.
Participants can include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, male caregivers, friends and family, according to DeJean staff.
“Education has become a matter of national security. Because we cannot control our schools, we cannot control our economy. And because we cannot control our economy, we cannot control and protect our quality of life in America,” says Phillip Jackson, executive director of The Black Star Project, U.S.A., which sponsors the Million Father March Project.
An estimated 800,000 men in over 700 cities participated in 2016, according to Jackson’s group.