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30 August, 2019

HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC. LEADING PHILADELPHIA'S 2019 NATIONAL MILLION FATHER MARCH BY EXAMPLE: WALKING WITH FATHERS AND CHILDREN TO UNIVERSAL DAROFF CHARTER SCHOOL ON TUESDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 2019




5625 W. Master Street
Philadelphia, PA  19131
(215) 473-5893
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E-Mail:  falakafattah@aol.com
Website: www.houseofumoja.net 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



CONTACT:

Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
House of Umoja, Inc.
Coordinator for City of Philadelphia – 2019 National Million Father March
(215) 473-5893


Mr. Bilal Qayyum, President
Fathers Day Rally Committee
(215) 696-5362



HOUSE OF UMOJA INC. LEADING PHILADELPHIA’S 2019 NATIONAL MILLION FATHER MARCH BY EXAMPLE:  WALKING WITH FATHERS AND CHILDREN TO UNIVERSAL DAROFF CHARTER SCHOOL ON TUESDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 2019


          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – 30 August 2019   On Tuesday, 3 September 2019, the first day of the academic year for children, Fathers throughout the City of Philadelphia will participate along with Fathers across the United States in the 2019 National Million Father March.  The City of Philadelphia’s Coordinator for the 2019 National Million Father March, the House of Umoja, Inc. (www.houseofumoja.net), will lead by example when it walks with Fathers and their children to the Universal Daroff Charter School at 5630 Vine Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to ring in the 2019-2010 academic year.  Fathers are being asked to assemble at the House of Umoja, Inc.’s office located at 5625 West Master Street In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 7:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) on Wednesday, 3 September 2019.   Philadelphia’s observance of the 2019 National Million Father March will honor the legacy of the late Mr. David Fattah, Sr. who served as the City of Philadelphia’s Coordinator for the National Million Father March beginning in 2007 and passed away on 5 December 2019 and move all children in the School District of Philadelphia to commit to nonviolence by signing the Imani Peace Pledge.

        In advance of the 2019 National Million Father March’s observance, the House of Umoja, Inc. has issued a “Call To Prayer”.   On Sunday, 1 September 2019, leaders and members of Philadelphia’s Interfaith Community are being asked to engage in prayer for the city’s children.

            “We are asking the leaders and members of the Interfaith Community to devote a portion of their service on Sunday, 1 September 2019 in prayer for our children’s safety and academic success throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.  Thus far, we have reached out to two hundred religious institutions in the City of Philadelphia,” explained Queen Mother Falaka Fattah.

          Philadelphia’s observance of the 2019 National Million Father March is supported by Philadelphia City Councilman The Honorable Curtis Jones, Jr.  The Fathers  Day Rally Committee (https://fathersrally.com),  headed up by Mr. Bilal Qayyum, along with People for People, Inc., Daddy University, Inc.; The Strong Families Commission, Frontline Dads, Jarell Seay Love and Laughter Foundation, Black Male Community Council of Philadelphia, Black Men Uniting Black Men, Fathering Circle, and Different Kind of Democrat represent a sample of the organizations collaborating with the House of Umoja, Inc. in orchestrating the 2019 National Million Fathers March in the City of Philadelphia.   Fathers in Philadelphia are being asked to escort their child to school; meet their child’s teachers and the school’s principal; obtain a copy of their child’s roster and the school’s academic calendar; and encourage their child to commit to nonviolence by signing the Imani Peace Pledge ™.       

           The brainchild of the late Mr. Phillip Jackson, Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago, Illinois-based Black Star Project (www.blackstarproject.org) which offers academic and mentoring programs for children, workforce development projects, and school services, the National Million Father March was created in 2003.  Observed in over 600 cities throughout the United States, the National Million Father March encourages Fathers to take a proactive role in the education of their child. The national leadership mantle for the National Million Father March has been donned by Fathers Incorporated which is based in Atlanta, Georgia.  In its debut national leadership role for the National Million Father March, Fathers Incorporated (www.fathersincorporated.com) will honor the legacy of Mr. Phillip Jackson by orchestrating a nationwide Million Father March on Friday, 27 September 2019.      

          Established in 1968, the House of Umoja, Inc., an internationally acclaimed organization, was selected by the Black Star Project to lead and organize the National Million Father March in Philadelphia due to its successful track record of transforming the lives of and working with over 3,000 youths.   The House of Umoja, Inc’s successful track record og positively transforming the lives of at least approximately 3,000 adolescent male youths in the City of Philadephia, moved universities and institutions that include, but are not limited to, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention and the Center for Disease Control, to seek the expertise of Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and her late husband Mr. David Fattah in the areas of gang reduction, youth programming, and community organizing.  Former United States Presidents The Honorable Jimmy Carter and the late Honorable Ronald Reagan have recognized the House Of Umoja, Inc. for its pioneering work which has been documented in published articles such as A Summons To Life, by Robert Woodson of the American Enterprise Institute in 1981 and The Violent Juvenile Offender by Paul DeMuro and Richard Allison of the National Council On Crime And Delinquency in 1984.   

          For further information about Philadelphia’s observance of the 2019 National Million Father March, contact the House of Umoja, Inc. at (215) 473-5893 or send an e-mail to falakafattah@aol.com, or visit the organization’s website at www.houseofumoja.net.

            For further information about the Fathers Day Rally Committee, visit its website at https://fathersrally.com.


           For further information concerning the National Million Father March and Fathers Incorporated, visit its website at www.fathersincorporated.com.




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