August 23rd is the first day of classes for students in South Florida,
and also the day of the annual Million Father March, when fathers are
urged to be the ones to take their kids to school.
According to the Chicago-based Black Star Project, which started the
Million Father March in that city several years ago, increased
involvement by fathers can help children do better in school, and can
even reduce youth violence:
Instead of relying on police and further criminalizing American
children, The Black Star ProjectÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s solution to youth violence in
America is the Million Father March, which means involving a multitude
of fathers and other connected and interested men in the continuing
educational and social development of their children. American youth
need male role-models and fathers to provide guidance and supportive
discipline, and the marching fathers and other men of the Million
Father March can provide this and do what the police have not done and
cannot do ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â bring peace to schools and communities across America.