The Black Star Project is sponsoring the annual Million Father March this year in an effort to encourage fathers to become more engaged in their children’s education. The Chicago-based organization has been committed to improving the lives of Black and Latino communities through education since its founding in 1996. The march will take place on the first day of school in nearly 600 cities in the United States.

“Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives do better in school (earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college),” stated Phillip Jackson, executive director of The Black Star Project, in a press release. “Additionally, children whose fathers listen and talk with them regularly, and are active in their lives, have fewer behavior problems.”

The Million Father March is not just limited to fathers—grandfathers, uncles, brothers, foster fathers, brothers, male guardians and mentors will also invited to participate. Several marches will be held between Aug. 5 and Sept. 17 since schools across the nation begin their academic years on different days.

For more information or to bring the Million Father March to your city, visit www.blackstarproject.org, call (773) 285-9600 or email blackstar1000@ameritech.net. To see if your city is already signed up for the march, click here.