Malik King – Founder of EPIC (End Prison Industrial Complex) conducted a contest among the male prisoners he corresponds with and asked them to write what Father’s Day meant to them. Congratulations to Walter Tut Johnson, Maurice Navarro Brooks and Vincent Lee Twiggs
FIRST PLACE WINNER – $25 prize
What Does Father’s Dat Mean To Me; by Walter Tut Johnson
Father’s Day is a tribute to the men that have matured in their thoughts, words, and deeds.
It’s a token of love and celebration to those men who are respected, held in honor, and recognized for their leadership and devotion to their families.
It is a toast of recognition to those men who are heroes in the eyes of those who depend upon them, and confirmation that being a patriarch parallels with empathy, compassion and humility.
A father is strong enough to chase away danger and wise enough to out-wit the wicked. He is the first to sacrifice and the last to eat.
The best qualified father’s are often like the PHOENIX; reborn from the mistakes of their destructive behavior.
Father’s Day means using past and present experiences to pave a path that compliments and completes the cycle of life and love.
SECOND PLACE WINNER – $15 prize
Fathers are Beautiful; by Maurice Navarro Brooks
A Father’s love is understanding. It’s patient, yet, also sacrificial. His spirit is a testament of where he’s been and where he’s going. His life is not defined by his mistakes but rather by his accountability and how he chose to grow from poor decisions made. Life’s a journey. One that a Father has to navigate not only for himself but also his family.
While it’s a Mothers natural given gift to nurture society it’s a Fathers role to shape it. We build and protect, and provide structure and knowledge that’s passed on generationally which defines our Legacy!
A Father knows sharing an opinion is optional. Yet, sharing his love in not. It’s not a Father’s place to be right, but to be loving. It’s about waking up every morning, setting out to provide and being a living example of not only a Father’s, but a Man’s obligation and responsibility to himself and those around him.