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Black Father Family Media Kit

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The Black Father Family Initiative creates a space for Black fathers to find meaningful connections, support and resources to promote the health, well-being and success of children, families and communities.

Guiding Principles


We guide Black men along the path to responsible parenting.


We educate policymakers on a local, state, and national level around the importance of Black father involvement in challenging systemic and societal barriers.


We establish trusted social capital to reach Black fathers where they are, assisting them in building community.


We measure impact from the lens of public health and direct resources toward proven outcomes that benefit Black whole-family success.


We share our expertise to enhance and prop up services and support for Black fathers, children, families and communities.

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Information Links

Roanoke Times: Men line up at dawn's first light to offer support to Westside Elementary students

Roanoke Times: Black fathers, families celebrated during inaugural festival

WSLS: Roanoke man create group to unite the region's Black fathers

WFXR: 2nd annual 'Black Father Festival' recognizes fathers who are going above and beyond in Roanoke

Virginia Tech: Nationally renowned cancer center director to speak on importance of health for Black men

Roanoke Times: A Roanoke innovator and a program that centers on Black fatherhood

Supporter Quotes

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“Black Father Family believes strong communities are sustained by thriving families, with the key to those families’ success being an empowered and equipped father. The work of BFFI is central in the efforts to combat systemic racism and generational oppression and begin the healing of communities and families.” ”

- Ryan Bell, The Academy at Belle
   Founder Emeritus/Senior Advisor, Black Father Family




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“Black Father Family's (BFF) work to foster meaningful relationships across communities has a direct impact on the families it serves. The resources and support that BFF provides creative opportunities for learning and growing. Individuals can then proactively advocate for their own health and well-being and take on a thought leader role to educate and empower others to do the same.” ”

- Robert A Winn, M.D., VCU Massey Cancer Center




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“The mission of Black Father Family resonates with me personally as a father and with our medical school’s mission to improve the health of our communities. Engaged parenting and prevention of adverse childhood experiences have benefits that last a lifetime. “Through Black Father Family, fathers are connected with the resources they need to help their families achieve these benefits.” ”

- Lee A. Learman, MD. PhD, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
   Black Father Family Steering Committee




Steering Committee

Anthony Holmes
Senior Pastor
Loudoun Avenue Christian Church

Anthony Mingo
Senior Advisor
Virginia Department of Health

Archie Freeman
Chief Academic Officer
Roanoke City Public Schools

Cecil Scott
Chief Equity Officer
Roanoke City Alleghany Health District

Cheryl Mosley
Vice President, Community Impact
United Way of Roanoke Valley

Chris Roberts
Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Coordinator
City of Roanoke

Darnell Wood
Norfolk Southern

Devin Johnson
Community Member

James Pennix
Senior Associate Director for Recruitment
Virginia Tech

Lee Learman
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Vice-Chair, Steering Committee

Leslie Clark
Director of Family Health Strategies
United Way of Roanoke Valley

Leslie Floyd
Director of Early Childhood Education
Bluefield University

Milton Hardy
Community Resource Hub Coordinator
United Way of Roanoke Valley

Ryan Bell
Head of School
The Academy at Belle
Chair, Steering Committee

Stephanie Moon-Reynolds
City Council
City of Roanoke

William Lee
New Horizons Healthcare


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