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City Councilman Works to get Fathers in African American Community Involved in Child's Education

Fatherhood is an important part of a child's life. Fort Wayne City Councilman Glynn Hines is actively working to get more fathers in the African American community involved in their child's life and education.
Fatherhood is an important part of a child's life.  Fort Wayne City Councilman Glynn Hines is actively working to get more fathers in the African American community involved in their child's life and education.

The National Fatherhood Initiative says when fathers are actively engaged in their children's life, they're less likely to get involved in drugs and criminal activity.  This is what Councilman Glynn Hines of the 6th District says has been lacking in Fort Wayne and surrounding communities.

The number of single parent homes has gone up nationwide.  The census says more than half of children in African American families are being raised without a father.

"We've had a lot of violence in our community and a lot of that is coming from individuals coming from single parent homes or did not have a real strong male role model in their life."


Hines started something he believes can change that.

"if we get the fathers to focus on the education of their kids, hopefully the endpoint result will be the kids will do better in school and in life."

Condra Ridley believes black fathers have been taking on more responsibility.

"Black fathers are dynamic and doing good things for their children.  I think historically there have been some complications that have caused some black fathers to kind of disconnect but I think right now at this stage of the game, we are changing that."

Hines takes credit for localizing a national chapter of the Fatherhood Initiative to Fort Wayne.  The organization works to stress the imporance of fatherhood.

"We get one father to get involved in the life of one child, it's a success."

Fathers made a pledge to bring their child to school on their first day and were awarded with freebies but Jonathan Ray with the Fort Wayne Urban League says there is a deeper meaning to the event.

"This is really about fathers and fathers taking a step to be even more in a child's life by taking the time to take children to school, be a part of back to school night, and be a part of the whole culture of education."

The fathers are expected to do more than just take their kid to the first day of school.  They made a commitment to stay involved in their education all year round. 



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