Treasurer Mellisa Conyears-Ervin Westside Clean-Up
For the past seven years Cong. Danny K. Davis and families have visited their loved ones in prison for Father’s Day. That could not be done this year. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, this year’s Recognition and Reconnection was a multi-event weekend of recognition, education and resource sharing to reinforce the message that “Black Fathers Matter”, promote the 2020 Census and voter registration.
Held over three days, the events featured a secured, closed circuit video meeting with panel of community leaders and inmates at Sheridan Correctional Center and a Father’s Initiative Car Parade, where bags containing masks promoting the 2020 Census, hand sanitizer, and other items were distributed.
In addition, a video produced by COCC community partner George Salter from Above and Beyond was shown to 46,000 inmates at 25 Illinois Department of Corrections Adult facilities. The events wrapped with special recognition from Cong. Davis to a diverse group of 250 fathers nominated by community members, family members and friends.