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“We’re in the middle of a global pandemic —  with Great Depression-era unemployment and unlawful police violence,” said Van Jones, Co-founder of Dream Corps #cut50 and CEO of the REFORM Alliance. “Hundreds of thousands of people are marching in the streets. Leaders from all walks of life are asking me, ‘Van, what can I do to join the fight for justice?’ Tory Lanez is showing us how to step up, by supporting these Black fathers, who are raising Black children, while trying to get their lives setup after being locked up. This a heartfelt display of love and support for a group of people that, honestly, have been cast aside by most of society. I hope folks get the message: we don’t have throwaway resources — and we can’t have throwaway people. The 100 Black Fathers initiative is going to inspire a whole lot of people to do a whole lot of good to bring more justice, peace, and opportunity to our communities.”


This year, in honor of Father’s Day, we partnered with multi-platinum recording artist Tory Lanez and his Dream City Fund to to provide a moment of celebration and inspiration for 100 Black fathers from around the United States who were recently incarcerated, working to rebuild their lives, and reconnect with their children and families.

These fathers are all part of our Empathy Network, a national coalition of leaders committed to sharing their stories of involvement with the justice system and working to contribute to their communities.

The program will include free “contactless delivery” dinners for the fathers and their families and an assortment of Father’s Day gifts. DoorDash will provide gift card codes directly to the fathers and their families to order family meals on Sunday through their platform. Amazon Music is also providing gift cards as a gift on behalf of the children of those fathers, to ensure they are supplied with gifts to give for their weekend celebrations.

In an open letter to these fathers, Tory wrote:

Congratulations! You’re home. You’re with your family. You deserve to enjoy today! I’m grateful to be a very small part of it. I know as a Black father raising Black children in this world, things aren’t easy. We live in a country that has a broken system. You’re finally free to be with your loved ones… But I know that in many ways you still feel like you are not free. Your record will present you from certain jobs, or from voting, or from getting a small business loan.. There are some states where you’re even banned from having life insurance. You’re treated like you’re not a part society… but I needed to tell you that’s bullshit!! I’m a Canadian. I can’t vote here… But I’m doing the best I can with my platform to make an impact. I have a record, I am not perfect, but I can contribute to the lives of the people around me, most importantly by being a father to my son. You are now being given that same opportunity. The opportunity to make an impact on so many. But most importantly your family. I wanted to send you this gift, to know that you are valuable. You are important! You & your family are worthy of celebration. I wanted to tell you that I have hope for you & for what you will do—to make your community and city a better place. I’m hoping that through this partnership between Dream Corps #cut50 and Dream City Fund, you know that we have your back and our support. If you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to hit me and I’ll do what I can.

Read the 100 Black Father’s press release


Meet the fathers

Press Coverage

Tory Lanez Helps 100 Black Fathers Celebrate Father’s Day With Their Families. Read more here.

TORY LANEZHelps 100 Ex-Inmates Celebrate …1ST FATHER’S DAY SINCE RELEASE. Read more here.

Tory Lanez Team up with Van Jones #cut50 to Launch ‘100 BLACK FATHERS’ Initiative for Recently Incarcerated Fathers Nationwide. Read more here.

Tory Lanez helps 100 Black former inmates celebrate Father’s Day. Read more here.

Tory Lanez Helps Make Father’s Day Extra Special for 100 Black Fathers. Read more here.

Tory Lanez faz ação para ajudar pais afro-americanos recém libertados da prisão. Read more here.

Social Media Coverage

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Click HERE for Photo Gallery of 100 Fathers and their Families on Father’s Day

Click HERE to Read Lanez’s Open Letter

Click HERE for VIDEO of Lanez Announcing ‘100 Black Fathers’ Initiative

Click HERE to Download Hi-Res ‘100 Black Fathers’ Assets

Graphic & Photo Credit: Mid Jordan

Special Thanks

Amazon Music is providing gift cards as a gift on behalf of the children of those fathers, to ensure they are supplied with gifts to give for their weekend celebrations.

DoorDash will provide gift card codes directly to the fathers and their families to order family meals on Sunday through their platform.

Dream Corps #cut50 Empathy Network members:
Tony Lewis Jr – @mrtonylewisjr
DC Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizens Affairs – @ORCA_DC
Gale Muhammad – @womenwhoneverg
Syrita Steib – @SyritaSteib
York County PA Reentry Coalition & @DaveSunday_
Corey Purdie – @purdie_corey
TD Jakes & Potter’s House – @BishopJakes @TPHDallas