Dads in Chicago walk kids to school in participation of Million Father March

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CHICAGO -- Fathers took it upon themselves to provide safe passage this morning as their children headed off to the first day of school.

The Black Star Project sponsored the Million Father March here in Chicago and more than 500 other cities, encouraging dads to get involved in their kids’ education.

The group’s spokesman, Philip Black, pointed out that schools, families and communities all succeed better when fathers are engaged in their children’s schooling.

Tonya Francisco talked to several fathers who accompanied their kids to Pershing East Magnet School at 3200 S. Calumet.

Safety was joined on their priority list with the need for the youngsters to study hard and get good instruction.

Several men noted the stereotype of missing African American fathers and said they wanted to give their kids a positive role model and encouragement.