This year marks the fourth year of the Good Fathers Only organization participating in Detroit's annual Labor Day Parade. "I've chosen the Labor Day Parade because it represents the very thing that most fathers who are not in the home lack: a job. A lot of men get frustrated with their economic situation, and walk away. Our group wants to discourage this by providing father's with options that include entrepreneurship"
Nationwide the statistics are discouraging. Some 25% of U.S. households are single parent households, with the vast majority without the father present. According to the National KIDS COUNT Program, 66% of black children are in single parent households. In the state of Michigan where Mann is based, some 73% of black children are raised in single parent households. "Detroit is ground zero in this movement to get father's reconnected to their children--no matter the situation. I believe that with a continuous effort, Good Fathers Only can and will make a difference", says Mann.
To participate in the Labor Day Parade/Fatherhood Walk, visit the Good Fathers Only website, and do the following:
What: March for Fatherhood
Date: September 3, 2012
Where: Meet at Michigan and Trumbull in front of the old Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI
Time: Show up no later than 8:00 a.m.
End of Parade/Walk Campus Martius Park
All fathers who do not currently have a Good Fathers Only shirt, are asked to dress in the Detroit Lions team colors, of blue and gray.
Along with other officials marking the occasion,Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the event.