Originally posted on St. Louis Mom’s Blog

In honor of Father’s Day this month, I can’t help but think about the men in my family and how they help raise my son. Their dedication, love and guidance is often overshadowed by negative stereotypes, bias and negative characterization in our society. I feel compelled to shine a light on how much of an impact these Black men have on my own ambition to be a better person and in turn, a loving mother and wife.

Black men do not get enough recognition for how they have to practically wear a suit of armor to survive their day against the discrimination and unfair treatment that they often witness and experience on a daily basis. After surviving each day, often on the defense, they come home to be teachers, lovers and motivators to their children. I love being a first-hand witness to seeing how much my son benefits from having these men as part of our village as we do our best to raise him to be the best person he can be.

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