Black Fatherhood: A Community Conversation

Black Fatherhood: A Community Conversation

Father hand with baby hand and cover of book 'Silver Sparrow'

February 9, 2021 | 7 p.m. | Zoom

This event is part of the NEA Big Read series, a program for the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

In 2011, Tayari Jones published “Silver Sparrow,” a novel set in 1980s Georgia that is about a man who fathers two daughters and marries the mother of each daughter. He is a bigamist who splits his time between two homes and only one of the family’s is aware of the other. Told from the perspective of his daughters, their voices tell how hIs decision has an undeniable impact on them and their mothers.

Jones’s novel points to the challenges of fatherhood, including the decisions fathers make and how those decisions have a lasting emotional impact on their partners and children. Inspired by Jones’s novel, panelists will explore “What is the role of Black fathers in supporting their children in 2021”?

Panelists include:

  • Moderator Gerald Holmes, associate professor, UNCG University Libraries
  • D. Noble, poet, activist, father, and lecturer of African American and African Diaspora Studies at UNCG
  • Dr. Tyreasa Washington, associate professor of social work at UNCG
  • J. Reginald Dougé Jr., entrepreneur and co-owner for Black Greek Life LLC

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Greensboro Public Library, UNCG Jackson Library, African American and African Diaspora Studies, UNCG’s Humanities Network and Consortium, Greensboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Greensboro Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc.