Although the media would like us to focus on Black absent fathers, we must collectively begin to move past the notion that this particular situation is exclusive to Black people. Instead, we have to invest more time into celebrating the Black fathers and father figures who are doing their part in order to change this troubling narrative that has plagued our community for far too long.
With that said, to all the Black fathers out there, whether you’re reading these words, at work or out spending this special day with your children — we thank you, we love you and we honor Black fatherhood each and every day.
To best celebrate this special holiday, Blavity curated some of the best pictures, Vines and YouTube clips from our staff, friends and other online outlets to show you what Black fatherhood really looks like.
Oh, and one more thing — the photos and videos below are pretty stinkin’ cute. So they may or may not make your eyes sweat. You’ve been warned.
Our fathers always brought us to school...Photo: Courtesy of Chanel Wilson
...and were there to walk us back home.Photo: Twitter Photo: Twitter Photo: Twitter Photo: Twitter
Our fathers let us steal the show at their press conferences...
...and cradled us in their protective and loving arms when nap time came around.
They taught us to stand tall and be proud of who we are...Photo: Jalani Morgan
...to be fighters…Photo: Courtesy of Leon Robinson
...while also encouraging us to always be ourselves.Photo: Nikon
We are our fathers #WCW’s...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BBZ5p_2x3Q
...and they are our first valentine.Photo: Pinterest Photo: Pinterest/Black Women Losing Weight
Our daddies took us out on our first date...Photo: Courtesy of Kolleen Rochel
...and are the men we stood next to before we left for prom, as they put the fear of God into our dates.Photo: Courtesy of Candice Crutchfield
They learned how to do our hair...Photo: Essence
...and if even if they weren't pros, they still tried.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsQYvcMZX90
Our fathers would always put us in our place if we got out of hand...https://vine.co/v/O695heU1rAD/embed/simple
...but would give us a balloon or toy to say sorry for startling us.Photo: Courtesy of Kayla Greaves
They gave us our first swimming lessons…Photo: The Black Daddies Club
...made us into baseball pros...https://vine.co/v/O69bhQY6QtP/embed/simple
...and even taught us some skills in the kitchen.Photo: Courtesy of Jasmine Nicole
Selfies with daddy are a must…Photo: Courtesy of Christine Cauthen Photo: OMG Ghana Photo: Courtesy of Darren Messam
...because he taught us swag before we even knew what swag was.Photo: Courtesy of Jasmine Nicole
So thank you, dad…Photo: Courtesy of Christine Minton
...for always letting me get the better view…Photo: Courtesy of Jasmine Nicole
...having me by your side during your proudest moments...Photo: Courtesy of Robinson Akintade
...teaching me how to read…Photo: Courtesy of Jasmine Nicole
...making sure my pedicure was always on fleek…Photo: Courtesy of Shakiyl Cox
...and for loving and supporting me unconditionally.Photo: Courtesy of Kelsey Riley
Happy Father’s Day!https://vine.co/v/OXOdJBUI9Yu/embed/simple