This Father’s Day, John Legend recited a number of powerful letters written by children to their incarcerated fathers. Legend discussed the joy of being able to form a strong father-child bond with his daughter, something that can all too often be affected by a parent’s involvement in the criminal justice system. “We have to make love the focus,” Legend asserted.
Within the past 30 years, the number of young people with an incarcerated parent has increased fivefold. Letter-writing acts as a bridge between children and their incarcerated loved ones, an initiative that Children of Promise, NYC incorporates into the Afterschool and Summer Day Camp Program.
Listen to the letters below.