Bilal (#51)

Black father and daughter laughing

“Being a black dad means having the awesome opportunity to influence how my daughter perceives black dads and black men generally. My hope is that my daughter will grow up to associate black fatherhood with love, strength, courage, and sacrifice, rather than tropes. While I hope my daughter will be able to walk through this world with self confidence and comfort in her own skin, I also have fears of negative external messaging and my daughter internalizing it – that’s why I will consciously nurture her ability to love and trust herself.”

Black father and son staring contest
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