A publica*on of IASBFLC, Inc. for Professional Development Training in Human Well‐being, Family Development and Community revitaliza*on
Volume 2, Number 1 January 2002 Wade W. Nobles, Ph.D., Editor in Chief
About the IASBFLC, Inc.. For over 28 years, The Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture, Inc., has applied Black Psychology and African centered thought to addressing the problems and advancement of African and African American communities world-wide. Incorporated in the State of California in 1980, the Institute is both a scientific research corporation and a human developmental/social services organization. The Institute’s corporate mission is the reunification of the Black family, reclamation of Black culture, and revitalization of the Black community.
Responsibility “Father only means that you are taking care of your children. That’s what it means to be a father. It doesn’t mean having babies. Anyone can make a baby, but a father helps to raise his children. There’s a word for fatherhood. It is called RESPONSIBILITY.” Malcolm X
Fatherhood is an achieved status wherein men accept responsibility for protecting, defending and providing for, self, family and community by defining what is good, providing a sense of security and belonging, and obtaining those things necessary to sustain life and to inspire the imagination. In addition fathers are responsible for perpetuating the species through reproduction, providing developmental guidance and education, and establishing values and codes of conduct that serve as models for their children to emulate. Fatherhood represents the achievement of mastery and completion of the internalization and acquisition of a prescribed set of skills, attitudes and values relevant to the stages of Being and Becoming consistent with the meanings of one’s cultural community. Fatherhood matters because, fathers like mothers are needed to protect and defend the spiritual balance and well being of their children and are necessary for securing and establishing children’s spiritual harmony with the best of community. Both fathers and mothers must devote themselves to the higher responsibility of utilizing the collective spirit and genius of our people to guide and direct the permanent advancement of their children and to channel their vital life force for doing good
From Boys to Men In the African and African American tradition, youth development or education was not only seen as learning facts, Ligures, names and dates. It was viewed as a process of “transformation” or change. The goal of education was to develop the learner and, through him to bring about harmony, understanding and enlightenment in the world. As such the educational process went through successive stages so that the learner grew from “one not knowing” to “one who knew” to “one who understood”. Black youth development was governed by a particular attitude and training method. The attitude was one of excellence and high achievement. The African cultural training methodology utilized the techniques of accentuation, association and attribution and the practices of rote memorization, repetition, recall, replication and reLinement. This developmental process was intended to prepare the boys for participation in the adult world by providing them with the requisite set of skills, values, attitudes, beliefs and behavior that would make them conLident, competent, conscious, committed and contributing members of society.
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