Black Star Project rolls into year 4 of Million Father March

The Million Father March has grown out of recognition of the power of male involvement in the education of Black students.  A father who actively participates in the educational and social development life of a child is invaluable and irreplaceable.  A 2004 summary study by The Parent Institute showed that at schools where teachers reported high levels of outreach to parents, reading scores grew at a rate 50 percent higher, and math tests scores 40 percent higher, than in schools where teachers reported low levels of outreach.  Statistics from the National Fatherhood Initiative support these findings and show that when fathers and men are regularly and substantially involved in the education and social development of children, children have higher standardized test scores, higher grade point averages, higher attendance rates and higher graduation rates from high school.  Additionally, they have lower rates of suspension, expulsion, arrest, fewer incidents of violent behavior, and they are less likely to use drugs, alcohol or engage in premature sex.

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This year’s cities so far:

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Beaumont, Texas
  • Bettendorf, Iowa
  • Beverly Hills, California
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Chicago – Southside, Illinois
  • Chicago – Northside, Illinois
  • Chicago – Westside, Illinois
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Compton, California
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Danville, Illinois
  • Davenport, Iowa
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Dothan, Alabama
  • Enterprise, Alabama
  • Geneva, Alabama
  • Hartford, Connecticut
  • Harvey, Illinois
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Inglewood, California
  • Inland Empire, California
  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • Joliet, Illinois
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Lithonia, Georgia
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Moline, Illinois
  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • New York City – The Bronx, New York
  • New York City – Brooklyn, New York
  • New York City – Manhattan/Harlem, New York
  • New York City – Queens, New York
  • New York City – Staten Island, New York
  • Oak Park, Illinois
  • Oakland, California
  • Ozark, Alabama
  • Panama City, Florida
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland
  • Riverdale, Illinois
  • Rochester, New York
  • Rock Island, Illinois
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • Sacramento, California
  • Sere Kunda, The Gambia
  • St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Stamford, Connecticut
  • Suffolk, Virginia
  • Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Topeka, Kansas
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Waukegan, Illinois