A LIVE Stream panel discussion will be held on June 12 at 10:00 am.

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Panel Moderator

Eli Williams

The panel moderated by Pastor Eli Williams, President of Urban Light Ministries, will discuss the value of black fathers and correct the myth that black fatherhood is dead.

Pastor Eli Williams’s passion for fatherhood is rooted in his upbringing and is stoked by his personal work with fathers. Many of whom, for a wide variety of reasons, endure heartache and face tremendous barriers to full participation in the raising of their children. He facilitates Dad’s Discussion Groups in churches and with males at other venues.

He is the author of the book Father Love.  Father Love explores the concept of love as it is described in the word of God, and considers its application for dads.  The book encourages and inspires a father to give his child what no one else on earth can . . . his best, fully-developed Father Love.

The panelist of distinguished and experienced professionals in the fatherhood field will dispel the myth and honor good fathers and celebrate them for what they contribute to the children, families and their communities.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Father’s Day is Every Day – The Importance and Influence of the Black Father
  • Black Dads Matter
  • The truth: Black Fathers are more involved

The Panelist for the Discussion

Muqit A. Sabur

Muqit is the founder and leader of the Center for Fatherhood and Family Dynamics(CFFD). He has worked in the areas of fathers, families, men and relationships for more than 25 years. He created CFFD in 2009 to continue his work and delivers training, coaching and group facilitation to those seeking to enhance the relationships with which they are part.

Muqit has served as the founding president of the Ohio’s Practioner’s Network for Fathers and Families, leading the organization through its development stages. Continuing his commitment to community and families, Muqit is co-founder and currently president of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute (Cleveland, Ohio), which has trained nearly 1,000 Ohio residents to develop their leadership skills and serve in their communities.

An author (The Art of Transformation: A guide for facilitating fathers groups) and a major contributor to a guide for developing Fatherhood programs: he is a Polarity Thinking/Management consultant, a Gestalt trained Intervener, and Life Coach.

He is the father of five adult children and the grandfather of six, the youngest of whom is seven.

Calvin Williams, CLC

Calvin Williams is the President of Lucian Families Inc., a Cincinnati, Ohio-based company providing training, program development and innovation strategies to community-based, public and private organizations that serve fathers, parents, co-parents, and couples.

He is a Certified Lactation Counselor and is the co-author of, and Master Trainer for PREP Inc.’s “On My Shoulders” fatherhood curriculum. Mr. Williams previously served as the Director of Fatherhood Services for Public Strategies Inc. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Before joining Public Strategies, Mr. Williams was as the Program Director for two Cincinnati-based fatherhood programs: The Lighthouse Youth Services REAL Dads Program, and the Services United for Mothers and Adolescents Fatherhood Project.

He helped launch the Community Building Institute at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving as the initial Co-Director there, and is a founding and current board member for the Ohio Practitioners Network for Fathers & Families.

Glenn Harris

Glenn A. Harris, is the Assistant Director of Prevention responsible for gender-based violence prevention, training, and support geared toward creating and supporting communities where all people can live free of violence within their relationships and establishing healthier definitions of masculinity and healthier norms surrounding gender-based violence.

Glenn’s primary role is engaging men & boys in domestic and sexual violence prevention with Ohio Men’s Action Network (OHMAN). In this role, Glenn will co-facilitate “OHMAN presents….The New Playbook: Standing Strong to Promote Non-Violence’, and facilitate various conversations with stakeholders across Ohio.

Prior to ODVN, Glenn’s background includes working in the arenas of; Responsible Fatherhood, Ex-Offender Re-Entry, and Youth Mentoring. Additionally, Glenn still serves as a board member with the Ohio Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF), the S.I.M.B.A. (Safe in My Brothers Arms) mentoring program, and the Central Ohio Restored Citizen Collaborative. A graduate of Otterbein University with a Bachelors in both Business Administration and Religion, Glenn has been with ODVN since August 2019.