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 the 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
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.
Strengthen the institution of the Family by providing fathers with support, information, resources and opportunities that empower them to be the best for their family and community.
In addition, we recognizing and promote positive aspects of fatherhood in all media and advocate for shared parenting as the standard for public policy decisions.
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