NAACP adopting #StrongDad Movement

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Stronger dads create stronger kids. Stronger kids create stronger adults. And stronger adults create stronger communities.

That’s the drive behind the #StrongDad Movement, which was discussed at the Coweta NAACP branch’s monthly meeting last week.

“You can’t focus on individual people, you can’t focus on individual situations. But you’ve got to change the entire game,” said local NAACP President Tamarkus Cook. The initiative is a project of Cook’s that the Coweta NAACP branch is adopting.

“These young dads have everybody constantly putting them down… and no one has taken the time to say, ‘Let me help you,’” he said.

The initiative is a way to try to unite the community.

There will be a “strong dad of the week” challenge every week, Cook said. Last week’s challenge was to eat lunch with your child at school, or, if your schedule doesn’t allow lunch, to take your child to dinner. Dads are encouraged to upload a picture of each week’s Strong Dad challenge to social media with the #StrongDad hashtag.

There will be one dad chosen each month as the Strong Dad of the month. For the first month, the winner will get a free professional photo session and a free month of hair care, and possibly more.

The initiative has a Facebook page, and in just one week, there are already 403 “likes.”

“Our Strong Dad initiative is to change the game by motivating these young men. We give them a little sugar to motivate them to do what they are supposed to do,” said Cook.

The #StrongDad of the week challenge is just a part of the initiative. Other plans include starting a community garden for fathers and their children.



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