Monday, November 24, 2014

Fathers Incorporated Celebrates 10 Years of Responsible Fatherhood and Mentoring

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Fathers Incorporated Executive Director Kenneth Braswell with honorees Cbabi Bayco, 365 Days with Dad;
Carolyn Sklar, Edelman Senior Vice President for Dove Men+Care;
Asia D. Smith; Purple R.E.I.G.N. and Phillip Jackson; Black Star Project

New York, NY – On Tuesday, November 18th at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem, New York, hundreds of the most committed and influential agents of change across the country came together to join Fathers Incorporated in celebrating a decade of working to build better fathers by strengthening communities and family infrastructure. Fathers Incorporated Executive Director Mr. Kenneth Braswell, served as the Master of Ceremonies with Mistress of Ceremonies Terrie Williams, author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting, for the evening’s festivities.

Fathers Incorporated (FI) is a non-profit organization that serves as a leader in the promotion of responsible fatherhood and mentoring. Through the perseverance and tireless efforts of Braswell, who is also Director of the federally funded National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, FI uses innovative social marketing and multi-media platforms, develops research-based products for the field, engages in intensive outreach, and connects key stakeholders – all serving to combat father absence in society and helping to support fathers in their role as parents.

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Braswell and Judge Greg Mathis

The Honorable Judge Greg Mathis delivered a rousing keynote address to the sold out crowd that was received with a standing ovation. He began by acknowledging, “Braswell has committed his life to the most challenging issues of our time.” During his talk, he pulled no punches, tackling issues such as the state of Black families today, the need for fathers to be actively involved in the lives of their children, the individual and systemic barriers Black men face in achieving success, the ways in which public education and the criminal justice system are failing boys and men of color, and the need for more honest, constructive conversations about race.

The Gala closed by honoring the following organizational partners working to make a difference in the lives of fathers and families: Tracy Martin, founder, Trayvon Martin Foundation and father of Trayvon Martin; Asia D. Smith, founder, Purple R.E.I.G.N. and domestic violence survivor; Phillip Jackson, founder and executive director, Black Star Project; Cbabi Bayoc, artist; and Dove Men+Care for celebrating and honoring fathers, coaches and male mentors.

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To learn more about Fathers Incorporated, please visit

Photo credit: Arlene Brathwaite

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