The Real DadsTM Network is the outgrowth of the award-winning documentary Real Dads -Black Men on Fatherhood (2000,) which included commentary by the late Ossie Davis and was directed by Derek Phillips and Nikki Dees.
The purpose of documentary was to show positive black fathers who were actively involved in the nurturing and raising of their children. As a result of the feedback from the documentary, it became evident that there was a STRONG NEED for an organization where fathers could:
Tell their stories and share their experiences
get information about being better fathers
have real conversations about manhood, fatherhood and family
And feel connected to something positive and empowering.
Thus, in 2004 Real Dads Network was founded by Derek Phillips.
Create a culture where all fathers are actively involved in the parenting process, and are portrayed and viewed as exemplary role models by society.
The Mission of Real Dads Network is to:
Strengthen the institution of the Family by recognizing and promoting positive aspects of fatherhood in all media.
Provide fathers with a support system that connects them to resources which are designed to empower them to be Real Dads: Present, Providers, Protectors and Peacemakers.
Advocate for shared parenting as the standard for public policy decisions
Collaborate with organizations to create positive outcomes for fathers and their children
What we do
Monthly Real Dads® News to online subscribers Monthly Real Dads® Club meetings Annual Daddy Daughter Dance Annual Celebration of Real Dads’ Week Presentation of fatherhood workshops Speaking engagements through various media and events