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FAMILY RESTORATION: Celebrating Fathers, Empowering Parents

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Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library

3660 Alabama Avenue Southeast

Washington, DC 20020

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Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library and Esther Productions Inc. have joined forces to present this exciting community conversation: FAMILY RESTORATION: Celebrating Fathers, Empowering Parents on June 1 from 1:00 pm to 3 pm.

Recently, I was sitting on the front porch of my mother's home in New Orleans, La. I was caught in reverie, remembering the days riding my bike with friends from the neighborhood; the backyard picnics my grandmother used to throw; and all the other families who lived in houses on Mexico Street. Those families were as imperfect as my own. But I have come to appreciate the lessons and values they passed along to us.

Family matters.

A distinguished group of professional experts and seasoned activists lead an important conversation about strengthening and restoring families in DC and the Metropolitan region. Representatives from Unified Parenting a program at George Washington University will make a special presentation.

The event features an exciting group of leaders including,

Brittany N. Adams ATR, LPC is a licensed Art Therapist and clinician in private practice. She received her master’s degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has worked as a primary/clinical therapist providing therapeutic services through integrative counseling approaches to adolescents and families. Stuart Anderson, founder and director of Family & Friends of Incarcerated People (FFOIP), is a native Washingtonian. He began community activism in 1993 while incarcerated at The Central Facility at Lorton. On January 28, 2004, he spoke from inside in prison on DC Inmates, Their Children & Hope. The next year, The Washington Post Magazine featured him on its cover – A Father’s Conviction. David Miller is founder of the Dare to Be King Project, a unique initiative challenging contemporary narratives about Black manhood and masculinity. He received acclaim for Dare to Be King: What If the Prince Lives. A Survival Workbook for African American Males, a thought provoking, 52-week curriculum teaching adolescent males how to survive and thrive in toxic environments. Lowell Vincent Muse envisioned himself a father even when he was himself a child. Nothing could block his dream. He enjoyed a 44-year career as a broadcast; for 20 of those years he was an engineer. In 2015, he retired from NPR as an audio recording technician. jonetta rose barras, award-winning journalist and author of Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl? The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women, will moderate the conversation.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED. BOOKS WILL BE GIVEN AWAY.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.



Family Restoration is made possible through a grant from the DC Public Library, The Holden Bequest. Additional support is provided through Esther Productions, Inc. by Kerry S. Pearson, LLC; Pepco, an Exelon Company; Fort Myer Construction Corporation Charitable Foundation; Emmanuel Bailey, Veterans Services Corp.; and Esther’s Friends.


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