Join and Assist Portland's Million Father March

August 31, 2012 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

PCRI and the Portland African American Leadership Forum are asking for community assistance to help support Portland’s involvement in the Million Father March.  The march is a call for African American men to show up for the first days of school and strive to make this school year a success for our community’s students.  Please read the details below, sign up, and pass this onto your networks!

This year’s Million Father March is the combined effort of the Black Parent Initiative, the Coalition of Black Men, and the Portland Branch NAACP, coordinated with permission and requests from local Portland Public Schools.

The form of “The March” is simply for men to show up at school campuses on the first day of school,  September 5th, 2012.   In the case for Roosevelt High School in Portland, the first day of school for all students is Thursday, September 6.

For men who intend to go with their own children and grandchildren to school on the first day, we salute you with the hand of friendship and commendation.

We need African American men for two dates:

  • 9:00 a.m. @ Jefferson High School, Wednesday, September 5th
  • 7:30 a.m. @ Roosevelt High School, Thursday, September 6th.

On both dates, men are asked to arrive in shirt and tie or sport coat.  We will, with a simple handshake and words of encouragement, strive to achieve the following objectives:

  • Collaborate with schools to encourage improved behavior and school achievement.
  • Promote interaction among the “Ambassadors” (giving participating men an opportunity to meet on equal footing).
  • Inspire more parent and family engagement at schools.
  • Supply youngsters with lists of individuals who have overcome barriers and achieved renowned success.
  • Foster inter-generational dialogue and understanding between young men and elders.

When men of our Greater Portland community engage in this effort, we join hands with more than 125 other American cities and the institution of the Black Star Project in Chicago.  More information can be secured at:

For more information about these locations or perhaps others, please make contact with:  Christopher James at 503.502.2965 or Michael “Chappie” Grice at 415.722.4348.

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