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06.18.2009 – (BALTIMORE, MD) June 17, 2009 □" Two days before fathers are
officially honored and recognized around the world, for the important role they play in
both the lives of their family and the communities in which they live; United States
President Barack Obama will kick off a national dialogue on fatherhood at a Town
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s General (national) President Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.,
has been invited with other national presidents to attend the Town Hall Meeting on
Fatherhood at the White House this Friday at 2pm.
In April 2009, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the world’s oldest collegiate Greek-
lettered organization of African-American males wrote President Obama a letter
encouraging him to create a White House Council on Men and Boys after he formally
established the White House Council on Women and Girls.
“The invitation by the White House is indeed a welcomed one. I look forward to
personally hearing how President Obama plans to address an issue that is near
and dear to Alpha. As the oldest African-American Fraternity, our members serve as
the prototype of what a good father looks like,” shares Mason.
A year-long effort □" the purpose of this initiative will be to explore all of the ways in
which national organizations, like Alpha, are combating the problem of absentee
fathers, the need for financial and educational assistance, all in an effort to learn
how the White House will be able to work together to support proven methods that
serve to strengthen fathers, families and communities.
After the Town Hall Meeting, the Obama Administration will host Regional Town
Halls on Fatherhood across the country, throughout the summer, where they plan to
work with organizations like Alpha to explore which programs and initiatives work
and identify areas where more c