Baltimore

June 12, 2015

For One Father, Our Children, and Even Other Fathe …

My name is Matt, and I am the father of three boys and a girl. Education is important to meRead more →

June 10, 2015

A Father’s Protest

Baltimore, MD – Penn-North “Growing up in Baltimore my friends and I were familiar with being harassed by the police.Read more →

June 8, 2015

A Mother Finds Men Who Are Committed to Youth

Baltimore, MD – Park Heights Section “I brought my niece and my son out to this anti-violence demonstration today soRead more →

June 5, 2015

Baltimore’s Jewels: Manhood, Fatherhood  …

  jewel [joo–uh l] noun a person or thing that is treasured, esteemed, or indispensable. As Father’s Day approaches weRead more →

June 12, 2014

Our Children, and Even Other Fathers, Watch What W …

My name is Matt, and I am the father of three boys and a girl. Education is important to meRead more →

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For One Father, Our Children, and Even Other Fathers, Watch What We Do

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My name is Matt, and I am the father of three boys and a girl.

Education is important to me for my children because life is about maneuvering and navigating through paths that exist, as well as creating those that don’t. Those who educate themselves and gain education from others have the ability to successfully navigate the paths that exist and create ones that don’t. The more you learn and master, the more possibilities you open up for yourself.

School limits us to a miniscule amount of what there is to know. In order to be educated one really must explore, read and watch various media forms, as well as get insight from elders in our communities who have wisdom from their own life experiences to share.

Following the riots I intend to mostly continue on the path I’ve been on. I’ve been an avid supporter of community organizations doing work in Baltimore. I’ve also been pulling fathers and families together in various ways for over a decade. I do plan to work with a few good brothers on a non-profit organization that serves children whose fathers are not in their lives, and fathers who are not in their children’s lives, although I planned to do that before the riots.

Doing these things will ensure that I continually do what I can to give people in Baltimore –both youth and adults– opportunities and resources needed to overcome obstacles that they face in life, and that they have positive male figures to help guide them along the way.

The Fatherhood Collective is my organization. Others doing great work in Baltimore include Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, Save A Dope Boy, Shelly’s Helping Hands, Dream Girls Mentoring and the 300 Men Movement, just to name a few. As it relates to Baltimore and other parts of the world, fathers can improve the trajectory of their children and society by being living examples. Be that which you want others to emulate. Our children, and even other fathers, watch what we do.

 

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A Father’s Protest

Steve

Baltimore, MD – Penn-North

“Growing up in Baltimore my friends and I were familiar with being harassed by the police. As a father, my job is to go to work and provide for my family. My sons’ job is to do well in school. I don’t want my children growing up facing the same harassment my friends and I did, so I want to teach them the power of education, protest and demonstration early. That’s why we’re out here.” – Steve

 

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A Mother Finds Men Who Are Committed to Youth

Jasmine

Baltimore, MD – Park Heights Section

“I brought my niece and my son out to this anti-violence demonstration today so they could see we are strongest when we are united. Most of all I want my four year old son to see older men who are committed to younger people, and defy many stereotypes. It’s good to know there are men who can provide an example of what my son can grow to be.” – Jasmine

 

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Baltimore’s Jewels: Manhood, Fatherhood & Community

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jewel

[joouh l]
noun
a person or thing that is treasured, esteemed, or indispensable.

As Father’s Day approaches we take a look at every day men and women from Baltimore, Maryland as they reflect on topics of manhood, fatherhood and the strengthening of their community; all on the heels of riots growing out of the murder of Baltimore citizen, Freddie Gray, by local police. Collectively, the wisdom they share and efforts they make to advance their community are nothing short of indispensable.

We hope that you’ll contribute and share.

We’re exploring Manhood, Fatherhood & Community because June 21st is #FathersDay #Baltimore

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Our Children, and Even Other Fathers, Watch What We Do

IMG_6386

My name is Matt, and I am the father of three boys and a girl.

Education is important to me for my children because life is about maneuvering and navigating through paths that exist, as well as creating those that don’t. Those who educate themselves and gain education from others have the ability to successfully navigate the paths that exist and create ones that don’t.  The more you learn and master, the more possibilities you open up for yourself.

School limits us to a miniscule amount of what there is to know. In order to be educated one really must explore, read and watch various media forms, as well as get insight from elders in our communities who have wisdom from their own life experiences to share.

Following the riots I intend to mostly continue on the path I’ve been on. I’ve been an avid supporter of community organizations doing work in Baltimore. I’ve also been pulling fathers and families together in various ways for over a decade. I do plan to work with a few good brothers on a non-profit organization that serves children whose fathers are not in their lives, and fathers who are not in their children’s lives, although I planned to do that before the riots.

Doing these things will ensure that I continually do what I can to give people in Baltimore –both youth and adults– opportunities and resources needed to overcome obstacles that they face in life, and that they have positive male figures to help guide them along the way.

The Fatherhood Collective is my organization. Others doing great work in Baltimore include Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, Save A Dope Boy, Shelly’s Helping Hands, Dream Girls Mentoring and the 300 Men Movement, just to name a few. As it relates to Baltimore and other parts of the world, fathers can improve the trajectory of their children and society by being living examples. Be that which you want others to emulate. Our children, and even other fathers, watch what we do.

 

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