My Quest To Teach

November 5, 2013

Fathers Calling Fathers in Jacksonville, Florida

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 2:14 am

Save Our Sons

Save Our Sons









Fathers Calling Fathers

Transitioning of fatherhood is a lifelong process that requires fathers to
mature in their actions and thinking in raising their children and taking
care of their families.

Fathering/Parenting is not a science, not a mathematical equation nor
is it composed of statistical data and clinical evaluation.
Fathering is as dynamic as the children that are created between a
mother and father. The advice fathers give to their children and
receive from other fathers should be positive and empowering not
destructive and dividing. No Father/Parent is perfect in their parental
decisions; mistakes build and strengthen fathers that have a duty,
obligation and responsibility to help raise their children.

Fathers Calling Fathers

Fathers Calling Fathers









Frederick Douglass stated that, “It is easier to build strong children
than to repair broken men.” So the need for men to be involved is
critically important, if there are doubt look in the eyes of those in prison
and ask them where their fathers are.
Fathers have a moral and ethical responsibility to teach their children
the right way to go. Rodney Hurst (Author, Historian, Civil Rights
Activist) stated “If you do not teach them (children), they will never
know,  if you don’t show them they will never remember and learn.”
October 26, 2013

This can be applied to a fathers position to be their children’s first teacher,
first mentor and first role model. Society tries to define the role of being a
father, a father (in my opinion) should as Moses did in Exodus 34:8 to
receive proper guidance “bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped.”
The power of prayer, strength of commitment, consistent dedication to purpose,
passion and love to their children, should be known and protected by fathers.
“Fathers Calling Fathers” is an important and vital initiative that promotes,
encourages and importantly supports fathers and the responsibilities to their
children and families.

It is un-debatable that every male child needs a father or a male role model
or mentor. All children need responsible parents, if not biological then surrogate.
Male children as discussed during “Fathers Calling Fathers” need the advice,
wisdom, knowledge and understanding from fathers and grandfathers.

Larry Henderson

Larry Henderson











Mr. Larry Henderson – a grandfather of three, passionately states that
because too many fathers are not doing their jobs, grandfathers are
doing a fathers job. Grandfathers must step in and assume the role and
responsibility in raising their grandchildren.
“If you start on a project men you must finish the project. Too many
fathers start out well, but do not finish well with their sons and daughters.
It is too much at stake; the future of our race and our seed is at stake.
Too many fathers are missing in action (MIA).  I believe some fathers have
forgotten they are even fathers.  You ask them how many kids they have and
they will have to think about it. Larry Henderson.

In attendance were several community leaders, one in particular
Chief Ivan T. Mote of JFRD, his contribution of encouragement and
responsibility was to remind those in attendance that, “you only get
one opportunity to raise a Black child” and for fathers to be diligent
and dedicated in their mission to raise their children.

A father’s commitment is to his community as well, he must be in service
to make his community safer, prosperous, progressive and developing.
Father must remember that as their children mature there will be
challenges and you cannot send them back in time and undo what
has been done or not done. Act now and establish a stable and
solid foundation.

Ken Jefferson










“Fathers Calling Fathers”
associated with “Operation Save Our Sons”
is moving in a direction of service to the Jacksonville Florida community.
Taking a stance in the community to empower fathers, grandfathers,
stepfathers and men in those positions of family and leadership.
The Theme: “Equipping Fathers to Permanently Change the Lives of
Our Sons” is a pledge to remain as a permanent fixture and participant
in a child’s life. Words of wisdom were shared that covered many areas
of fatherhood.

Carter G. Woodson stated that, “As another has well said, to handicap
a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his
struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort
of lynching.” Fathers cannot allow their children to be psychologically
and emotionally killed. Their spirits, their humanity is important, the
first teacher and the first role model should be a boy or girls

Common threads of experience where established in comments in
dialogue. These issues were as diverse as the generations and
cultural backgrounds present. Fathers shared these areas and more:
1. Fathers should be the family leader, 2. Fathers struggle with societal
issues and expectations. This is normal because everyone struggles
with these situations. 3. Fathers should know who is setting an example
for their children as mentors and role models. 4. Fathers not in
their children’s lives create a hole in that child’s life. It can grow and
create emotional trauma. 5. Even if fathers are not in their child’s life
their actions and behaviors are still poured into their lives. 6. Fathers
teach their children respect. Respect is earned not demanded.
7. Fathers tell your child you’re proud of them. Children need to
hear this; telling them “I Love You” is powerful beyond compare.
8. Fathers need to spend more quality time with their children together.
It is not about money, but about quality time.

Fathers Calling Fathers 2

Fathers Calling Fathers 2












Fathers need to support each other whether young or senior, no matter
the culture of color all fathers struggle and address many of the same
issues with children and families. In this century of growing nontraditional,
blended, molded and diverse families, relationships based on arrangements,
agreements and decisions support is needed.

“Fathers Calling Fathers” is a growing movement, not a moment in
Jacksonville, Florida.
Eric Deloach makes a profound statement about the influence of father and
their children: “They watch us constantly, every move, twenty-four hours a
day. Always be mindful of the kind of role model you need to be.”

To support and participate:
#SaveOurSonsInc and @SaveOurSonsInc on Twitter Web


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