Million Father March Nationwide on the First Day of School

Million Father March in Chiacgo. Photo taken from Black Star Project.

Million Father March in Chiacgo. Photo taken from Black Star Project.

The Black Star Project is sponsoring the Million Father March 2013 on the first day of school in nearly 600 cities across America to get fathers and families more engaged with the education of their children.

Since schools across America start the new school year on different days and months, the March is a rolling event that occurs on the first day of the 2013 (between Aug. 5 and Sept. 17) in cities, villages, and towns nationwide.

“Education has become a matter of national security. If we cannot effectively educate our children, we cannot properly protect our country or our quality of life in America,” says Phillip Jackson, Executive Director of The Black Star Project, U.S.A.

The Million Father March is day when fathers and other men make a commitment to their children, their families, their communities and their country with their presence at a school. Fathers are asked to make a yearlong commitment by volunteering 10 hours during the coming school year at their child’s school.

Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives do better in school (earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college).

Additionally, children whose fathers listen to and talk with them regularly, and are active in their lives, have fewer behavior problems. Good fathers are part of a good parent team, which is critical to creating strong family structures.

Strong family structures produce children who are more academically proficient, socially developed, and self-assured

Participants in the Million Father March include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers, mentors and family friends. Businesses are asked to give fathers and other men two hours off that morning, with pay, to take their children to school. Participating men will be encouraged to volunteer at schools throughout the year.

A special effort will be made to coordinate Latino fathers in La Marcha de Padres. Women and other family members and friends are also encouraged to be at schools on this day in support of fathers.

Another opportunity, for fathers who miss the first-day event, is the National Fathers Take Your Children to School Day on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The 2013 Million Father March is managed by The Black Star Project, U.S.A. For information visit, call 773.285.9600 or email


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