Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — On Friday, February 6, 2015, the first annual NATIONAL SAVE OUR SONS NIGHT (NSOSN) will take place across the country. On this evening, various partners from faith-based, national and local nonprofits, and individual community members are hosting events to encourage and facilitate fathers spending more quality time with their sons. Currently there are 106 organizations in 59 cities registered to participate in support of the effort and facilitating activities to engage fathers/men and sons/boys.
“I am both humbled and excited that so many organizations from around the country have stepped up to the plate,” says Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated and founder of the campaign. “It is important that we set a new social image of black men and boys; one that shows them as loving, engaged and accountable.”
Fathers Incorporated (FI), a not-for-profit organization, serves as a leader in the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood and Mentoring. Its international, national, and local focus raises awareness about, and combats the impact of father absence. Fathers Incorporated works to change the current societal and cultural definition of family to include fathers.
For more information on National Save Ours Sons Night and to see a complete listing of both our partners and events, visit www.saveoursonsnight.com
To learn more about Fathers Incorporated, please visit www.fathersincorporated.com.
National Save Our Sons Events
Albany Police Department | Albany, NY | Feb 6th – 5:30pm – 8pm The Albany Police Department, Macedonia Baptist Church and the Department of Recreation is hosting a Community Outreach and Resource event at the Arbor Hill Community Center. Activities, Food, Games and Giveaways for Fathers and Sons. For more information contact P.O. Pendelton (518) 888-5417 or P.O. Cancer at (518) 469-4646
Black Butterfly, Inc., The Barber Academy & Virtuous Entertainment | Louisville, KY | Feb 6th – 4-6pm
Black Butterfly Inc., The Barber Academy and Virtuous Entertainment have joined together with Fathers Incorporated’s 1st Annual “National Save Our Sons Night. Their event takes place at the Westend School, 3628 Virginia Avenue from 4-6pm. This day will be full of speakers, entertainment, games, music, fun, and food. For more information or to volunteer for the Louisville event, contact Cheryl Ford at 502-387-0430 or email@example.com
Big Dreamz, Inc. | Greenville, SC | March 14th – 10am – 1pm
Saving Our Boys-Greenville at the Long Branch Baptist Church, 28 Bolt Street in Greenville, SC. Program is for boys ages 8-21. Speakers include Kyle Greene, Craig King, Isaac Wilson and Curt Thomas. To register visit www.bigdreamzinc.com
Boys Day OutSchenectady, NYFeb 6th 5:30pm-7:30pm
Boys Day Out, in partnership with the Schenectady City School District, YMCA, Community Fathers, Inc. and other local partners is hosting an event to celebrate our community’s middle school boys and the men who have made a positive impact in their lives. The event will take place at Mont Pleasant Middle School, 1121 Forest Road, Schenectady, NY 12303. Activities, Food, Games and Giveaways. For more information contact: Hector Ramirez (518) 227-7910 firstname.lastname@example.org OR Dennis Green (518) 708-1448 GreenD@Schenectady.k12.ny.us
Carrington Consulting | Stafford, VA | Feb 6th – 3:30pm & 7th – 1:30pm
Carrington Consulting is hosting a screening of the documentary “Spit’in Anger – Venom of a Fatherless Son.” The screening will take place at the Elite Images of Man Barbershop, 2608 Jeff. Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA. For more information call 540.300.1308
Center For Urban Families | Baltimore, MD | March 24-26th
The Center for Urban Families’ Practitioners Leadership Institute (PLI) is hosting 2015 PLI Summit “Pathways to Family Stability and Economic Success” taking place in Baltimore, MD on March 24-26, 2015 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Fathers Incorporated’s Executive Director and National Save Our Sons Night founder will serve as the Keynote Speaker. For more information, visit http://www.cfuf.org/PLI-Summit/
CSRA Fatherhood Collaboration | Augusta, GA | March 27th
CSRA Fatherhood Collaboration – March 27- will be hosting National Save Our Sons Night at Paine College Heal Complex. This is a collaborative effort from Augusta, Georgia’s massive mentoring network. The event will be interactive based. There will be 8-10 “interaction stations” that will include everything from creating gourmet sandwiches to Kung Fu Sparing. From finger painting to fencing. This event will be streamed live online. For more information: www.catalystleague.org or contact Daryl Rolle (706) 627-1387.
Fatherhood Initiative of Beaver County M.A.L.E.S. (Maturing, Achieving, Learning, Empowering Self!) | Aliquippa, PA | February 6th – 4:30pm 6:30pm
Fatherhood Initiative of Beaver County and its mentees will attend a screening of “Selma” and on Monday February 9, we will discuss the impact of the Civil Rights Movement and the benefits we now enjoy today. For more Information contact Shon Owens (724) 378-2882 ext. 11 or Lispert Dowdell (724) 378-2882 ext. 40.
Fathers Incorporated | Brooklyn, NY | Feb 6th
Fathers Incorporated will accompany fathers and sons to see the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Fathers Incorporated | Atlanta, GA | Feb 6th
Fathers Incorporated will accompany fathers and sons to see the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors at the Phillips Arena.
Fayette County Fatherhood Intuitive (FCFI) | Lexington, KY | Feb 6th – 6-8pm
In support and endorsement of Fathers Incorporated’s 1st Annual “National Save Our Sons Night, FCFI and several other community agents will have an opening reception & dynamic program, followed by a community discussion for men, fathers, sons, and others who work with young men in our communities. Program will include local performer and activist, Devine Carama; Poet-Laureate, Frank X Walker; Actor/Artist Patrick J. Mitchell; and Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence (SWAG); and others. The additional local goal is to take this opportunity to catalyze and form an ongoing coalition of local and regional programs/projects, resources, & initiatives interested in male empowerment that will be poised to respond and prevent as opposed to react and protest. This initial event will be at William Wells Brown Community Center. For more information contact email@example.com or (859) 277-3087.
Furthering Fathering Corporation | Brooklyn, NY | February 6th – 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Furthering Fathering in conjunction with The Sabaoth Group will host Father & Son Game Night at 774 Rockaway Ave in Brooklyn. Enjoy an evening of pool, ping pong, video games and board games in the heart of Brownsville, Brooklyn. Refreshments – provided More information & registration visit; www.furtheringfathering.org
Furthering Fathering Corporation | McDonough, GA | February 5th – 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Thanks to Mr. C. Hightower, affording the opportunity to partner and speak with the “Distinguished Gentlemen of Luella High School” promoting an image of positive manhood with leadership and service. The topic of discussion is “picturing a special future”. Event to take place at Luella High School. More information & registration visit; www.furtheringfathering.org
Greater Hartford Alliance of Black Social Workers | Hartford, CT | Feb 6th – 5:30pm – 9pm
The Greater Hartford Alliance of Black Social Workers, in association with other invested parties is organizing a showing of the movie “Selma” for fathers/men and their sons/boys to attend. The event is scheduled from 5:30pm until 9pm.
K.I.N.G. | National | Feb 5th – 12:30 pm
K.I.N.G. is hosting a National Prayer Call on February 5th at 12:30 pm (eastern). The call will be hosted by Chris Broussard and guest speaker will be Corey Williams. The call in number is (712) 432-0075 Access Code 514320
Mission: St. Louis | St. Louis, MO | Feb 6th – 5:30 – 7:30pm
“Mission: St. Louis” (a faith-based non-profit in St. Louis, MO) will be holding a game night for the “National Save Our Sons” event that is limited to our Job and Leadership Training Program participants (ex-con men and their sons) at our headquarters on 2/6/15 at 5:30pm-7:30pm. The address for “Mission: St. Louis” is: 4366 Manchester Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. The contact person is J.S. Westbrook and he can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
NC State University | Raleigh, NC | Feb 18th – 5:30 – 7:30pm
A screening of Fathers Incorporated’s “Spit’in Anger” and talk by Dr Jeffrey K. Shears of UNC-G and NC AT will discuss the impact of fatherlessness on children’s development, the community and the family. The event will talk place in the Caldwell Lounge.
Pack & Troop 263 | Queens, NY | Feb 6th – 7pm
Pack & Troop 263 we are hosting an open house for fathers and sons, or mothers looking for a positive program that teaches leadership to boys age 6 to 13 in the Pack and young men ages 14 to 18 in our Troop. Pack & Troop 263 is the largest Boy Scout of color in Queens NY. To learn more about Pack & Troop 263 visit our website: www.troop263ny.org or call 718.557.1929 Scouting is one of the oldest mentoring programs for boys. The open house is taking place at 206-14 100th Avenue, Queens.
Pennie Murray | Frisco, TX | Feb 5th – 6pm – 8:30pm
In Support of the National Save Our Sons Night, award-winning executive trainer, author and speaker Pennie Murray is hosting her popular snack and learn “Giving Myself Permission: My Journey, My Way event. Join them for Wings, Drinks and an engaging discussion. Thursday, February 5th, 6pm – 8:30pm at the Holiday Inn Express Frisco, 3400 Parkwood Blvd, Frisco, TX. For more information go to www.penniemurray.com
Rada Film Group (American Promise) | National | Feb 6th
The American Promise campaign recently released the Promise Tracker app. The goal of the app is to serve as a support device that contains information and habits that you can adopt to encourage your child’s academic success. On February 6, as a part of Save Our Sons Night, we encourage you, parents and caregivers, to commit to adopting ONE habit that will lead to your son’s child social, emotional or academic success. You can download the Promise Tracker from the iTunes store and Google Play. Once you have a habit selected, encourage your community to do the same. Share you habit on socialmedia using #promisetracker & #saveoursons.
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On February 6th (National Save Our Sons Night) Restoration for Liberia Organization is hosting Community Outreach Dinner for Fathers/Son at the Fair Street Neighborhood Community Center, 715 Fair Street, Gainesville, GA from 6:30-9:30pm. Looking for young men to speak out and encourage our sons. Prizes and games. For more information contact Dr. Gregory Farngalo at 678-571-0008 or 770-534-5750 or email: email@example.com
Seeds of a Father | Springfield, Massachusetts | February 6th, 2015
Seeds of a Father, Kevin Green in support of the National Save Our Sons Night, in association with lyricist Kyreem Tabar founder of the Wake Up Movement will present to Duggan Expeditionary Learning Magnet School, “Volley against Violence”. Part one will include a impactful gathering addressing the effects of violence in our community at 1015 Wilbraham Road in Springfield at 8am and Part two will be an opportunity to build positive social relations between sons, fathers, families and school faculty through games of volleyball (time to be announced). For more information contact Kevin Green at 413.246.6962 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Strengthening Our Sons, Inc. | Orlando, FL | Feb 6th – 6-8pm
Strengthening Our Sons will be hosting a meet and greet for all new Mentors and Mentees, then a Mentors & Mentees basketball game followed by dinner in support of Save Our Sons Night. For more information call 407-814-4435 or call Tammie Holt at Tammie.Holt@Strengtheningourson.org
STRIVE New York / Fatherhood Program | New York, NY | Feb 6th – 6pm
STRIVE NEW YORK will be hosting a Father/Son Basketball Game in support of National Save Our Sons Night at the El Faro Beacon/SCAN; 2351 1st Avenue, Manhattan. For more information contact Martha Marquez at 646.335.0835 or email@example.com
Texas Family Engagement Conference | Houston, TX | Feb 4th & 5th
F.A.C.E. Specialists is hosting the Texas Family Engagement Conference at the University of Houston on Feb 4th and 5th. Fathers Incorporated’s Kenneth Braswell will be speaking on “Engaging Men of Color: Is it Really Possible? Register at http://texasengagement.eventbrite.com
The Good Men Project | TwitterChat | Wednesday, Feb 4th – 9pm EST
“Real Lessons on Special Education and African American Boys,” a Twitter Chat hosted by The Good Men Project featuring guest Roosevelt Mitchell III, M.ED. A #GoodMenChat co-hosted by GMP contributor Nicole Franklin and LittleBrotherFilm.com.
The School District of Philadelphia F.A.M.I.L.Y Head Start Male Involvement Group | Philadelphia, Pa | Feb 7th – 9:30 a.m -1:30 p.m.
The School District of Philadelphia F.A.M.I.L.Y Head Start Male Involvement Group will be hosting a “Save Our Sons Day” mini symposium on Saturday, February 7, 2015 with fathers, male role models, mentors & young men. Sessions will be provided on Dressing for Success, Legal Assistance and The Million Men Pledge. The day will culminate with an adult/youth activity. This event will take place at Pratt Early Childhood Center, 2200 N. 22nd Street. Philadelphia, Pa 19132. Refreshments will be provided. For more information about “Save Our Sons Day” Please Contact : Denota Watson @ 215-400-6212 / 215-684-1669 or De’Wayne Drummond @ 215-400-5619 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy | Durham, NC | Feb 16th – 6:45pm
Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy will partner with the Samaritan Men’s Ministry of Union Baptist Church to discuss the importance of Fathers in the lives of their children and recruit men to be mentors. Location: Union Baptist Church, 904 North Roxboro, St., Durham, NC 27704, Event will take place on Monday, February 16th in the Chapel. For more information contact the Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy or call 919-794-6107
Transform Agency, LLC. | Burlington, NJ | Mar 7th – 10am
Men’s Prayer Gathering featuring Tracy Martin (Father of Trayvon Martin), Rev Corry Jones and Rev Kimani Davis at the Tabernacle Baptist Church; 150 E. 2nd Street, Burlington, NJ. For more information visit www.tabernacle-burlington.org or call 609-386-4785
University of Houston & The Texas Engagement Conference | Houston, TX | Feb 4th
The Texas Engagement Conference is pleased to announce the addition of a FREE private screening of the documentary “Spit’in Anger”: Understanding young Men of Color from fatherless communities — on February 4th at 4:00pm. A discussion with the producer will follow the screening. Effective family engagement begins with an understanding of communities and their struggles. “Spit’in Anger” helps viewers inform their engagement strategies by understanding the nuanced trauma faced by many men of color and fatherless communities. University of Houston – University Center, Heights Room #224, 4100 University Drive, 77004 Time: 4:00-4:45 (Screening), 4:45-5:30 (Discussion)
Urban Colors Arts and Mentoring | Denver, CO | Feb 6th @ 5:30pm
Urban Colors in association with Emanuel Place of Refuge Church will a accompany fathers and sons to see the Movie Selma and hold a round table dinner at Applebee’s Restaurant where we will have a discussion about the importance of fathers, families and community in children’s development. For more information visit www.urbancolors.org or email@example.com