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Commitment: Fatherhood in Black America Paperback – April 1, 1998

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The black community needs this book!"—John Hope Franklin

This important book counters the media's image of absentee dads and instead gives readers a striking depiction of Black fathers who sacrifice and struggle to carve out a future for their children. With its black-and-white photographs and vignettes from different generations of African-American dads, this photo-essay is a much-needed tribute to the enduring spirit of Black fatherhood."—Ebony

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Carole Patterson is a photographer whose work has been featured in more than forty solo exhibitions from coast to coast, including shows in Los Angeles, New York, and Mexico City. Her three-year touring exhibition Capturing the Spirit: Portraits of Contemporary Mexican Artists was organized and toured by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

Anthony Barboza is a highly regarded New York photographer whose work has been featured in Songs of My People and Black Culture and Modernism. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the Studio Museum of Harlem, New York; and the University of Ghana, Africa.

Arvarh Strickland, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is the author or editor of several books, including Selling Black History for Carter G. Woodson: A Diary, 1930-1933, by Lorenzo J. Greene and History of the Chicago Urban League.

Minion KC Morrison is Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has written three books and numerous articles on African and African American politics and civilization.

Clyde Ruffin is the founding director of the University of Missouri's award-winning Black Theatre Workshop and has worked professionally as a director, designer, and actor. He has won numerous awards as a teacher and served as Chair of the Department of Theatre at the University of Missouri from 1990 to 1995.

Marlene Perchinske is Director of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to her current position, she exhibited her art internationally and worked for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City for sixteen years.

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