Last night OWN aired a special about fatherless sons and the impact that the lack of father figures is having on young men in on our community. Oprah sat down with Iyanla Vanzant; Geoffrey Canada, CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone; and Dr. Steve Perry, founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School to discuss the best way to deal with the plague of fatherless sons in our community.
There are an estimated 21 million children in the United States who are currently fatherless. Many of the social ills that we see right now are directly connected to the lack of fathers who are in the home with their children. Everything from gang violence, teen promiscuity, teen alcohol and drug abuse, the high school drop out rate and more are all related to children who are growing up without a father figure. This greatly anticipated edition of Oprah’s Lifeclass tackled those issues and more and took on the task of finding out what we can do to get fathers involved in the lives of their children. The show also gave real life examples of men who are taking care of their responsibilities and being positive role models for their sons.
The epidemic of fatherless sons is one that affects all of us. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the special on OWN, I suggest you take a moment and view the clips from the show that I have posted below.
8 pledges a father can make to his son