In Praise of Fathers…

To all the strong, dependable, committed, dedicated, hardworking Black Fathers, we thank you and say that we we love you!

Her Father, Her Hero



Lenny and Zoe Kravitz

Only a dad with a tired face,

Coming home from the daily race,

Bringing little of gold or fame

To show how well he has played the game;

Jamie and Corrine Foxx (Photo:

But glad in his heart that his own rejoice

To see him come and to hear his voice.

Nicole, Sophie and Lionel Richie

Only a dad with a brood of four,

One of ten million men or more

Plodding along in the daily strife,

Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,

With never a whimper of pain or hate,

For the sake of those who at home await.

Idris and Isan Elba (Photo:

Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,

Merely one of the surging crowd,

Toiling, striving from day to day,

Facing whatever may come his way,

Silent whenever the harsh condemn,

And bearing it all for the love of them.

Chris Rock and wife Malaak Rock with their daughters (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Only a dad but he gives his all,

To smooth the way for his children small,

Doing with courage stern and grim

The deeds that his father did for him.

This is the line that for him I pen:

Only a dad, but the best of men.

Edgar A. Guest

Obama First Family Official 


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