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|NAACP Explores Fatherhood Through Film
|The Galesburg chapter of the NAACP met Wednesday evening in the auditorium at Galesburg High School to review a documentary about fatherhood.
Jordan Thierry, over the course of six years, began asking African American men what fatherhood means to them.
Without an explanation for a relatively high rate of incarceration and absent father's, Thierry decided to search for answers through a more than 70 minute film called "The Black Fatherhood Project."
He tells WGIL that, surprisingly, the African American community doesn't talk about it's history enough.
"We as African American folks don't know our entire legacy," says Thierry. "We know bits and pieces of it and really important parts of it, but then there's a lot that hasn't been talked about for a long time and I think to come to solutions, you have to talk about some of the bad things in our history."
Thierry's parents reside in Galesburg and he spent most of his summer's in town.
Those in attendance broke into work groups to discuss fatherhood from several perspectives.
NAACP President Candy Webb tells WGIL that the goal was to suggest something needs to be done soon on several fronts.
"We need to do something now about the situation of our children being incarcerated at an alarming rate and not graduating from high school or going to college at an alarming rate and giving kudos to those kids who are doing what they should be doing."
Thierry says that he is now focused on outreach and getting the film into as many communities as possible.
|05 02 13 by Newsroom
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