Plantation Politics and the Ripple Effect on Black Fatherhood

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Tuesday November 1

12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM

First established in 2015 by a group of fathers in Kalamazoo, MI, the Fatherhood Network (FHN) is a support group that is aimed at strengthening family relationships before, during, and after the child rearing process. Kevin Lavender Jr., the Executive Director of FHN, has a deep passion and commitment to supporting fathers and coordinating opportunities for dads to build community amongst each other while connecting with community resources. His hope is that fathers feel encouraged and supported in their role as a father. Lavender will share information about the mission of the Fatherhood Network, and will examine the socialization of Black masculinity and fatherhood starting from West Africa, pre-slavery, to the 21st century.