It’s no secret that Father’s Day can elicit some painful, resentful push-back. Unlike the counterpart holiday for moms, Father’s Day can quickly turn into a day of venting for those with absentee or estranged dads. Not only is this discouraging for those who use the day to celebrate their committed and loving dads, it also dampens the day for divorced and separated dads, who worry that their split from a partner will eventually evoke similar hurt when their children become adults.

In part to help combat the negative messaging associated with Father’s Day, the Harlem Arts Alliance is teaming with the community-based non-profit Proud Poppas United to launch a photo collection of actively engaged black fathers and their children. The organizer’s goal is to celebrate and encourage the pride of being a father in minority communities. More information on how to submit photos of fathers with their children is available on the Proud Poppas United website.

The group has also expressed interest in developing a video component to this project. It will include interviews, poetry, and other insights.



  1. Candy 1

    I love those photos. I think that sometimes, the good and active fathers become overshadowed by the bad dads.

    On Fathers Day, I no longer read Facebook statuses or blog comments about fathers. I understand that many had rough childhoods, often due to their fathers being absent, abusive, or distant, but it is a downer to have every few people raining on the parade. So I simply don’t read the comments, and just celebrate with my daddy and husband.

  2. Dalili

    How lovely! What a fantastic way to pay homage to the fathers that do participate in their children’s lives. Great to see!

  3. Very positive and encouraging.

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