Winner of the 2006 National Fresh Voices Award

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This book breaks new ground. It is one of the first non-fiction compilations that give voice to the sentiments of love, pain, disappointment, fulfillment, betrayal, and confusion for a diverse group of black women as they chronicle a journey of healing and redemptive love towards their fathers.


I. Loving: Daddy’s Girl
II. Distant: Every Once in Awhile
III. Abandoned: One Day He Was Gone
IV. Non-Existent: Could Pass Me on the Street
V. Amended: Time and Forgiveness Heals All Wounds
VI. Deceased: Gone Too Soon
What is your relationship with your father?


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Based on my book
My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions from Black Daughters to Their Fathers

The Reflection/Resolve Study and Discussion Guide is a reading/writing exercise designed to promote the social and emotional well-being of black teenage girls and the crisis in the black family as it relates to the achievement of black girls in high school. Black girls are no longer the silent statistic. The Reflection/Resolve workshops have three main objectives:
1) Address the social and emotional development of black girls in high schools
2) Promote literacy through a reading/writing exercise that showcases their reading comprehension and active writing skills through various writing mediums: exposition, poetry, journaling, and letters
3) To give voice to young black girls in high schools to reflect upon their academic achievement, goals for their future, and their concept of self, in light of their relationship with their fathers
Why do you think black fathers, like the ones described in chapter I, aren’t given the recognition that they deserve?
Write a “love letter” about what you can do to be more loving towards yourself and towards your family so that more black families are identified as loving and not dysfunctional.
Do you think a distant father loves his daughter? Explain.
Find some song lyrics that show how love can be distant. Write a comparison showing how the lyrics to that song relate to one or more of the stories in the Distant chapter.