From Father To Son

By Eric D. Graham
Updated: March 27, 2008

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”

Clarence Budington Kelland.

NORTH CAROLINA — According to statistics, 70% of all African-American households are headed by single mothers. Despite this troublesome stat, during the second-round of the NCAA Tournament game in Raleigh between the Davidson Wildcats and the Georgetown Hoyas something magical took place.

The Magic was not in the miraculous 74-70 upset win by 10th-seeded Davidson over the second-seeded Georgetown Hoyas. The “Black Magic” moment occurred when four father-and-son combinations appeared on the court at the same time.

Georgetown University’s Patrick Ewing Jr., son of former New York Knicks Patrick Ewing and Jeremiah Rivers, son of Glenn “Doc” Rivers coach of the Boston Celtics, tried to stop sophomore sensation Stephen Curry, son of former Charlotte Hornets Dell Curry from scoring while Coach John Thompson III, son of the legendary John Thompson, shouted from the sidelines.

This is truly “hoop” history.

For this one game showed the “American” media a positive image of Black fatherhood cheering on their sons to victory, it shattered the stereotypical image of “deadbeat” dads denying their children which occurs on a daily basis on television shows like Maury Povich.

Povich’s syndicate talk-show is notoriously known for it’s DNA test results in which Maury states “You are not the father!” But during this second-round game, these four Black men were proud to say “I am the father!!”

This is the essence of Black fatherhood because fatherhood allows a man to be born again. It allows him to see himself in a different body, soul, and mind.

This is “Black Magic” with no hocus-pocus or “ab-ra-ka-da-bra just hardwork, love and dedication. As John Mbuti stated, “I am because we are; and since we are therefore I am.

In other words, in this game there were really no losers, because we all won.

Congratulations to John Thompson, Patrick Ewing, Dell Curry, and “Doc” Rivers!!! Thanks for showing us the power of Fatherhood.