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Black Fatherhood: Reconnecting With Our Legacy

Dana E Ross

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ISBN 10: 0972999426 / ISBN 13: 9780972999427
Published by Pure Quality Publishing, 2005
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Title: Black Fatherhood: Reconnecting With Our ...

Publisher: Pure Quality Publishing

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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This book and accompanying documentary illustrates despite mounds of derogatory statistics regarding Black men in their roles as fathers, there is a strong legacy of Black men (from slavery to the present) who were/are very proactive fathers. Filmmaker/Author Dana Ross utilizes her own family history, research and interviews with hundreds of Black fathers, Educators and Historians such as Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu and Dr. Ira Berlin, to explore Black men in their roles as fathers from their time of enslavement to the present. In order to reconnect with this legacy, the author unmasks the many extraneous circumstances Black fathers face to clearly explore and define what can be done to overcome these circumstances to keep the legacy alive and positive for future generations of Black fathers. Both the book and documentary lifts the voices of Black fathers and gives an in depth look into their hearts and souls as they speak on parenting, education, spirituality, the judicial system and racism.

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Stories of violence, degradation and callous treatment endured during that era overshadow those stories which give a true sense of everyday life and experiences of those enslaved. The institution of slavery was the beginning of the castration of Black men in America; having everything from their spirit to their religion taken away from them. Images of this period in history depict Black men as submissive, withdrawn and lazy. However, the recorded interviews and transcripts of enslaved men and women clearly describe most Black men as strong nurturing fathers despite enduring the harshest physical and mental abuse known to man. They were said to be the pillars of not only their families, but the slave communities as well.

Black fathers during this era were providers and nurturers. After working long days in the field, they would hunt at night for extra food for their families. Most enslaved families received left over meals from the owners which was often only enough to feed one member of that family. Charles Ball, an enslaved Black man and author who resided in Maryland, recounted how his father continued to provide for him and his siblings after being sold to another plantation. "My father never recovered from the effects of the shock which this sudden and overwhelming ruin of his family gave him. He had formerly been of a gay social temper, and when he came to see us on a Saturday night, he always brought us some little present, such as the means of a poor slave would allow--apples, melons, sweet potatoes, or, if he could procure nothing else, a little parched corn, which tasted better in our cabin, because he had brought it."1 Excerpt from Chapter I. Slavery and Fatherhood

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