What is The Million Father March?
The Million Father March is an opportunity for Black men to show their commitment to the educational lives of their children on the first day of school and throughout the school year. Since the March began in 2004, fathers and other significant male caregivers across the country and around the world have been asked to take their children to their first day of school. The Million Father March is the beginning of a year-long commitment of men to their children’s educational success.
The Million Father March across the country
Examples of how communities around the country organize the Million Father March.
“What started as a one school event at Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School is now a district wide project. We had about 100 [participants] last year (the first year we participated) and 301 in 2014. The "Fathers" reported feeling more comfortable with school personnel. They also reported that they would be more likely to call the Principal with suggestions and concerns in the future.”
- Linda Soto, Principal of Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School in Pharr, TX
The community comes together in Omaha, Nebraska.
Follow one young man as he walks into school on the first day and encounters a team of men who took the time out of their day to encourage him on his first day of school.
No two communities celebrate the Million Father March in the same way. The one thing they all have in common is their dedication to their students and showing their support.
How fathers are getting more involved
“All of our fathers read to the students. Every class had different fathers share a story book. Some of the fathers even dressed up as story book characters. The students, teachers, administrators and volunteers loved it!!! Most of the fathers agreed to be mentors for the 5000 Role Model program here at our school.”
-Lisa Wenze, Media Specialist at Miller Elementary in Miami, FL
“This was a way to get more men into our school and to participate in the [Parent Teacher Organization]. We now have 75 active men in our organization, last year we had 3 to 5.”
-Dr. Devonya Govan-Hunt, President of Randy Creek Elementary in Charlotte, NC
"Brighton Elementary School invited fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers and mentors to bring their children to school and then return to have lunch with them to make the day even more memorable. The children were so excited and eager to sit at a special table and have lunch with their loved ones."
- Mrs. Donna Clifton, PTA President, Brighton Elementary School in Portsmouth, VA
How can I organize the Million Father March in my community?
The Black Star Project provides an organizing guide with all the information you need to plan and execute a successful Million Father March in your community. Please fill out the 2015 Million Father March Registration Form to request an organizing guide and outreach materials.
How can I support The Million Father March in my community and across the nation?
- Organize a march at your school or in your community!
- Assist with the promotion and marketing for your local Million Father March! Offer to print flyers, send emails, and advertise on your social media pages.
- Donate school supplies to Million Father March schools and participants!
- Consider a donation to The Black Star Project to assist in providing technical assistance and support to organizations in over 600 cities across the country and the world.