Why are there so few positive and constructive conversations around black fathers? A group of black dads based in London, New York and South Africa have come together to address this and provide a progressive discussion around the male parenting experience, discussing the highs and lows of what it means to be a black father in today’s society.
On Fathers’ day this year (Sunday 17th June 2018 in the UK) Marvyn Harrison, an advertising executive from London decided to create a WhatsApp group with all of the positive black fathers he knew (at the time 23 people) to wish them a Happy Fathers’ Day ‘Thank you’ and ‘Congratulations’ for their positive influence in their child’s lives and changing the perception of black men for the better.
As the year has gone on, the ever-growing group has become a community of knowledge sharing and support. Topics covered include co-parenting, co-habiting, marriage, fatherhood, blended families and much more.
During Black history month this year, the group took the leap and started a podcast, which is now available on BBC Sounds each week and with over 150 contributors from around the world to represent the voice of Black Fathers on a wider range of topics and give people a greater understanding of our narrative.
Group founder, Marvyn Harrison, commented “Just seeing and hearing people I have known all of my adult life talk openly about marriage, relationships and parenting has shown we as men never really spoke to each other fully at all”
- Dope Black Dad