On Wednesday, April 16th, neighborhood residents and members of the S.O.S. Crown Heights staff convened for haircuts and conversation at Classic Cut Barber Shop on St. Johns Place near Hampton Place. The topic was “Fatherhood: Why are so many fathers missing from the lives of their children?”
At one point, as many as 20 people crowded into the shop to join in the conversation. Three generations of men were represented, which allowed for a rich historical and cultural perspective to color the conversation. S.O.S. Outreach Worker Derick Scott facilitated the lively conversation. The ideas and observations that emerged were complex, and the discussion was carried on with mutual respect for all members of the conversation.
All who were present agreed that the discussion should go on and there was general agreement that an effort should be made to make sure that more young people were invited to join the next gathering.