Dr. Boyce Watkins   |  Dr. Boyce: Black Men are Not Storks, and Parenting Should Be a Team Sport When Possible

Dr. Boyce: Black Men are Not Storks, and Parenting Should Be a Team Sport When Possible

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I don’t remember much about my father, a man by the name of Boyce Sanders.  I met him three times, and didn’t mix with him very well.   I have no animosity toward him, no admiration.  Just emptiness, with the exception of the fact that I’d never seen another man who looked so much like myself.

Even though my dad was never a part of my life, I felt no bitterness because another man stepped into his place when I was three years old.  Larry Watkins always was and always will be, my father.  My spirit is descended from his spirit, and his relatives are my own.  I admire this man in the way a lot of sons see their dads:  Like a super hero, the man who taught me to keep my chin up and go after what I wanted in life.  Those messages guide me every single day, especially when times get tough.

When I consider these lessons of manhood that I’ve been able to take for granted, I feel horribly for many of the young boys and girls in our communities.

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