Working in the Atlanta Public Schools for almost a decade, David Manuel became painfully aware of the lack of male parental guidance for inner city children. The father, arts advocate and community activist authored and self-published the highly celebrated book ‘I am a Father, Celebrating African-American Fathers’ in 2007. Highlighting what is rarely seen in the media, a close look at black fathers and their relationships with their children, the book is both inspirational and educational.   “You constantly hear that Black men abandon their family; they don’t pay child support, they are abusive or are in jail. Although some of this is true, I want to celebrate the fathers for their loving and powerful relationships.”

Fast-forward to 2013, David hosted a quarterly forum with a panel of community leaders and key influencers called the I AM Series: Faith, Fatherhood and Family. Never tiring, he has answered the call to Strengthen Families One Mile at a Time with the annual I AM a Father 5K Road Race.  This race is not only strengthening families but is a catalyst uniting community male focused organizations.

The proceeds from the 5k will benefit organizations that have structured programs for developing youth with a focus on strengthening the family unit. Two organizations have been selected for 2017, Let Us Make Man and the Leadership Academy of the DeKalb County Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America.

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