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  • Celebrating Dad for Being There

    “The tragedy of absent fathers.” That’s what Heritage’s Chuck Donovan calls it in an op-ed for the McClatchy-Tribune wire service on the social consequences of the fast-rising number of births outside marriage in neighborhoods across America, “where large numbers of males refuse to mentor or monitor their own children.”

    Several teen-agers charged in two gruesome homicide cases in Washington, D.C., Donovan wrote, had something in common: They were on the lam from juvenile lockups—and their fathers weren’t in their lives.

    As a prelude to Father’s Day, watch and listen here to a different rap altogether. In it, a young man from Milwaukee named Lamar Jude thanks God for a father who isn’t absent.

    Jennifer Marshall, director of Heritage’s DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society, heard this and other encouraging stories when she and two colleagues recently visited Milwaukee to learn about the fruit of an innovative “Violence Free Zone” (VFZ) program run by social entrepreneurs in some of the city’s toughest schools.

    Lamar, a senior at Custer High School, performed his pro-father rap June 4 during the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise’s Staying True Awards for students making strides in character and academic achievement thanks to the VFZ initiative.

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    6 Responses to Celebrating Dad for Being There

    1. Cornelius, NC says:

      To quote Lamar, "any man can be a dad, but it takes a real man to be a father". Sad but true and our current welfare system encourages single motherhood. It is no less that modern day slavery, the weight of which falls on the shoulders of the innocent children. Our system has created a whole culture of fatherless children, a large majority of which populates our prisons. SHAMEFUL!

    2. Stewart Cleveland, H says:

      I believe and thank God that I was raised in a family that believed that the only way to raise children do do what they should do is to give them a strong background in Christianity. Without the influence of others that do not know the Lord they will do what their conscience tells them to do. The influence of ungodly people or people who do not live in accordance with the Ten Commandments can be devistating to young children.

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    5. Billie says:

      Thank you, Papa, for always being there. It was tough, you got us through. I love you and mom. It wouldn't have been right without you both, but forever it is, in the love you share!

      Happy Father's Day to All wonderful Fathers!

      ps- nice rap'.

    6. Lynn Bryant DeSpain says:

      Being a Man is simple. If you are not willing to be responsible for the result of your own actions, forever, then keep it in your pants.

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