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Becoming dad : black men and the journey to fatherhood
Pitts, Leonard.
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Atlanta, Georgia : Longstreet, 1999.
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263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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HQ756 .P57 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Unfortunately, in many urban areas, a black nuclear family is the exception rather than the norm. In this book, Pitts addresses the epidemic of single-parent households in black America and offers tips on how one learns to become a dad.

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Booklist Review

Pitts takes issue with the stereotypes of black men as absent, negligent fathers. Although his own father fit the stereotype (an abusive alcoholic whose absences were not missed and early death not deeply mourned), Pitts counters the negative image of black fathers. He interviewed a cross section of black men about their experiences with their fathers: mostly absent or abusive, many alcoholic or drug addicted. Pitts examines how the troubled history with their fathers has impacted their ability to father their own children. Pitts also explores the painful sociological legacy of low marriage rates among blacks, the dominance of female-headed households, and the broader impact of racism on black families. He intersperses his own experiences as a son and a father with occasional self-doubts about how to handle parental responsibilities and the difficulty of parenting with no good pattern to follow. This is an encouraging look at efforts by black men to stop the destructive cycles that many of them have known in their lives. --Vanessa Bush

Library Journal Review

Pitts, an African American journalist, has written a poignant account of the nature and meaning of black fatherhood in the contemporary United States. He deftly weaves together remembrances of an abusive father with scores of interviews with other black fathers and children. The result is a moving portrait of pain, suffering, and guilt as Pitts recounts a number of stories in which black fathers simply are not "there" for their kids. Although he offers no easy solutions, he does use the Million Man March of 1995 as a hopeful symbol that black men can learn to take more responsibility for their lives and those of their children. Although repetitious in places, this is a very well written and provocative work. Highly recommended.ÄAnthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.