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Commitment : fatherhood in Black America / artistic concept and…

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Patterson, Carole.


Commitment : fatherhood in Black America / artistic concept and photographs by Carole Patterson ; guest photographs by Anthony Barboza ; essays by Arvarh E. Strickland and Minion KC Morrison ; captions and biographical narratives by Clyde Ruffin ; edited by Marlene Perchinske.


University of Missouri Press




Positive images of fatherhood and the obligations and responsibilities attached to it, through photographs and quotations from African American fathers and children.
"Offering an eloquent combination of fifty beautiful black-and-white photographs and poignant quotations from the fathers and children portrayed, Commitment provides a powerful rendition of fatherhood in black America. The father is often perceived as someone absent from the African American family, though the reasons for this perception vary. This book shows another side to that image, a positive one depicting black men who are supportive and nurturing parents. To reveal and celebrate this less often recognized parent, Carole Patterson has spent several years crossing the continent to interview and photograph responsible black fathers. Photographer Anthonoy Barboza has also contributed imagery. These portraits—young fathers, older fathers, a great-grandfather, fathers on different levels of the economic ladder—provide valuable insight into American culture. And because of their humanitarian scope, they deliver an important message to everyone, especially young people, about parenthood and the obligations and responsibilities attached to it. In his introduction, Arvarh E. Strickland surveys the history of the African American family, beginning with the separation inherent in slavery. Then, Minion KC Morrison offers a more personal view of image making and the creation of identity. Understanding both the racial history and how a father's image plays a role in our lives enhances the viewer's experience of the photos in this collection, which are also part of an exhibition. Commitment is a moving testimonial to fathers and their families


Catalogue entry: HQ756 .P393 1998
OCLC/WorldCat Number: 37024867


African American fathers -- Psychology.
African American fathers -- Attitudes.
African American fathers -- Social conditions.
African American families -- Social conditions.


Barboza, Anthony, 1944-
Strickland, Arvarh E.
Morrison, Minion K. C., 1946-
Ruffin, Clyde.
Perchinske, Marlene.


xi, 113 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm


Columbia, MO