In celebration of Father’s Day, theGrio commissioned New York City based photographer, Luis Antonio Thompson to present his collection of images dedicated to Black fatherhood. 

In it Thompson showcases the bond between Black fathers and their children, dispelling the myth that Black men aren’t attentive, sensitive, kind and loving towards their offspring. Instead, you’ll bear witness to fathers who are both breaking a dysfunctional cycle and debunking the idea of that engaged Black dads don’t exist.

Below are 17 fathers from our community who genuinely bask in the joy of their roles as fathers and aren’t ashamed to show it.

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2Quoom Wilburn with sons Jaacob, (left) and Ashriel

Quoom Wilburn, 36, with sons Jaacob, 8 (left) and Ashriel

“Every little step in watching my kids grow is a milestone for me. The fact that I’ve influenced them to be percussionists and that they not only love it, but are *good* at it is so gratifying to me. I’ve played with a lot of people over the years, but the best help I’ve ever had is from my sons. They make me better.” Quoom Wilburn