Black Fathers and Sons:Ordinary Men Doing Extraordinary Things
The current image of Black fathers and sons is almost totally negative. The popular perception is that Black fathers and sons are generally socially irresponsible; they are often portrayed as delinquent in the performance of their duties as spouses and seem to be uninterested in nurturing their offspring. Like most stereotypes, this negative portrait is an exaggeration of the reality. Regrettably, the internalization of this negative image has contributed to the low self esteem in the community.
In real life, however, there are countless Black fathers and sons, who are not only models of respectable behavior but have overcome virtually insurmountable obstacles in order to sustain and uplift their families and communities. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, under the distinguished leadership of President Thelma Thompson, is committed to documenting the lives of these ordinary men, who have done extraordinary for their families and communities. The University plans to publish brief biographies of these often uncelebrated men in a book. Hopefully, the outcome will serve as as alternative to the prevalent stereotype and provide young Black people with positive role models.
If you know of Black men--who have made a significant on the lives of their families and or communities--and are willing to document such life histories, please complete by March 31, 2003 the nomination form accessible at our website.
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