Following is a letter from Marcee Jones, Black Father Advocate to Mr. Edward Judie, Director of Student Services at the Clover Park School District. Mr. Judie asked that we share this with The Suburban Times readership. Happy to oblige Mr. Judie.
It is with great pleasure to inform you that you have been nominated by Cedric Howard to be one of the honored Black Fathers at the 5th Annual Black Father Appreciation Dinner. Our event will take place on Friday, May 13th, at the Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison, Seattle, beginning at 7:00PM. Since 2006 this special annual evening as been set aside as a time we, the community, show our gratitude to our Black Fathers for their endless and unwavering love and devotion to their children!
Last May, we took this event to the next level. We partnered with Seattle’s FAME/Child and Family Center’s Father Program, Lakewood Community Fatherhood Program, City of Seattle and King County Gang Prevention Outreach Team, Dr. Jeffery Johnson, President and CEO of the National Partnership for Community Leadership (NPCL), Ed Gordon of BET, and Geneva Ware-Rice, Branch Chief, US Department of Human and Health Services, Administration for Children & Families.
Each annual event is titled with such themes as “One Day I Met a Black King”, “My Father, My Hero”,
“The Measure of a Black Man”, and “The Magnificence of the Brotherhood”. This year’s theme is KGOSI/Father of our Village! Our community needs strong Village Leaders. As we honor all great Black Fathers, we will give special honor to those Black Fathers who have made exemplary impacts on the lives of “The Village” (our Community).
Our keynote speaker will be the Honorable Richard A. Jones, with the United States District Court, Western District of Washington. KIRO TV Anchorwoman, Ms. Angela Russell is our Mistress of Ceremony. And, Pastor Greg Alex, Matt Talbot Center, will bring the Invocation.
We look forward to seeing and honoring you on this evening. Please RSVP by March 30, 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 851-8644. As keeping with our tradition, all Black Fathers attending are FREE and you may also nominate other wonderful Black Fathers. Also see what other great events we have going on for Black Fathers during our “Fathers Do Matter Weekend”, such as our 2nd Annual Black Father/ Daughter Sweet Tea!