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Date: 2016-10-21

I Walked My Daughter to School and Here’s What I Learned Along the Way

Recently I joined hundreds of fathers and male mentors at my daughter’s school for their annual “Dads Walk Your Child to School Day.” As I looked around at the dads, uncles, big brothers, stepfathers, grandfathers and male mentors standing in the courtyard of KIPP THRIVE Academy, I wasn’t surprised at the turnout. There is a stereotype that African-American men, and especially Black men in Newark, aren’t present in their kids’ lives, but that hasn’t been my experience at all. I have a large network of friends from all walks of life and, by and large, they are there for their children whether they live in the same home or not.

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