Real MENtors: Fatherhood to Begin October 3 at West End Library

West End Branch Library in October is starting a monthly program designed to highlight the vital role fathers play in a child's life.

"Real MENtors: Fatherhood" will be held the first Thursday of every month, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. beginning Thursday, October 3, 2019, at West End Branch Library, 1348 Tuscaloosa Avenue SW.

Real MENtors: Fatherhood is a monthly program that will discuss the importance of a father's presence in a child's life. Library Assistant Denise Ford, who came up with the idea, said the program aims to encourage young men to be active participants in their children's lives.

Two members of the 100 Black Men of Metro Birmingham, Chapter President Ronnie Rice and Mentoring Chair Eddie Bradford of Bradford Mentoring, will be among the speakers sharing advice for fathers at the West End Library program Thursday, October 3. Both Rice and Bradford were featured in the Birmingham Times recently as mentors who are leading by example in Birmingham.

Ford said her inspiration for the program came from a famous quote from author Frank Pittman in his 1994 book,  Man Enough: Fathers, Sons, and the Search for Masculinity  “Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man."

Real MENtors: Fatherhood, will work closely with Real MENtors Talk, a new afterschool male mentoring program facilitated by BPL Public Relations Director Roy L. Williams, who will help recruit men to give encouraging words at the monthly West End Library fatherhood programs.

For more information about the Real MENtors: Fatherhood program, contact Ford at  205-226-4089 or email

Real MENtors Talk hosted a men's panel discussion, "Real Men, Real Issues," on September 16 at Five Points West Regional Library and is hosting another men's panel talk on Monday, September 30 at Springville Road Regional Library.

For information about Real MENtors Talk, contact Roy Williams at 205-226-3746 or email