Across the nation next Friday, fathers will make an effort to save their sons.
National Save Our Sons Night is Feb. 6, and African-American families in Hall County are invited to participate.
The organization Restoration for Liberia will host “A Time for Restoration” at 6:30 p.m. in the Fair Street Neighborhood Center, according to Deborah Farngalo.
“What’s happening in our culture, we’re having problems with fathers being disconnected from their children in general,” Farngalo said. “This particular night, we’re focusing on their relationships with their sons. We’re trying to bridge that gap.”
Farngalo said African-American men who are not fathers are also asked to join that evening, if they are open to mentoring a child. Boys who don’t have a father in their lives are also welcome to come and either bring a father figure or meet some of the men willing to become mentors.
“We’re asking men that will come that night to step in that gap,” she said. “To try to encourage that young child and just make a difference in that boy’s life.”
Nationally, Save Our Sons Night is designed to bring members of the community together to support young, African-American boys through encouraging events and activities.
“With the recent events around the country involving black boys and men, we thought it was time to show a different kind of protest,” the event’s website states. “One that reveals engaging and active relationships between fathers and sons.”
Farngalo said area religious leaders will also be invited, but they’ll be asked to leave their titles at the door.
“We’re not going to title anybody,” she said. “We want to make it man to boy, boy to man. Not ‘reverend’ or ‘doctor’ or anything like that. Let’s come down from that title and just be there for a boy that night.”
The goal of the event is to help boys understand they have someone to look up to and to go to with any question or problem.
The event will include some speakers but mostly a number of games and prizes. Farngalo said participants will play a version of “the Newlywed Game,” which will ask questions to see how well the fathers know their sons and help everyone get to know each other better.
Dinner will be included and food will be donated by various community businesses, including Pizza Hut, Publix, Chick-fil-A and other fast food restaurants. Seats are limited, and interested families can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farngalo’s husband, Dr. Gregory Farngalo, is organizing the local event with his wife. Gregory Farngalo is from Liberia, West Africa, and his upbringing inspired him to organize the event.
“His father played a great part in his life and making sure he was an educated person,” Farngalo said. “Now he’s a mentor too, today, to a lot of young boys.”