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by Dr. Boyce Watkins
As we k**k off the Building Outstanding Men and Boys Family Empowerment Tour this week (Morehouse College is our first stop), I found myself locked into a conversation with my father. When I mention my dad, I’m not talking about my biological father who abandoned me at birth. I’m referring to my real father, the one who raised me from the age of three. Larry Watkins is a military veteran and police officer who always believed that a man should be strong, responsible, and carry himself with dignity.
One of the things that my father seems to believe is that the natural ability of a good mother to nurture her child should be balanced by a tougher hand that comes from the father. ”When the boy falls out of the tree, the mother should kiss it and make it better. But the father is the one who tells him to try to climb the tree again,” he would say.