Transforming parents: our most influential leaders
Sharp, Gary C.
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In Montgomery, Alabama, interstate highways were designed and developed to decimate African-American social institutions and communities whose members were prominent participants in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The sequence of events contributed to the social, political, and economic marginalization of the residents of Washington Park, which includes members of Grace Missionary Baptist Church. Individual, familial, and communal progress has been hindered by the oppressive actions of power wielders, including federal, state, and local government officials. The longstanding distress has caused negative shifts to occur in the value systems of many families; and assistance from external sources has not led to widespread reductions in the community’s marginalization. The circumstances create an ideal opportunity for parents to emerge as internal facilitators in the restoration of families and other social institutions relevant to the sustainability of Washington Park. This publication is a detailed plan for the design and development of the Parenting Institute as a grassroots family strengthening organization, which will place emphasis on the enlightenment, education, and empowerment of parents as the most influential leaders of the community. Enhancements in parenting practices will assist in the strengthening of people as the most important components of social, political, and economic institutions. This will lead to a reduction in the marginalization of the target beneficiaries.
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