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A Father’s Day Message from Derreck Kayongo

by Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights

I was first introduced to the value of protecting human rights through my own parents. My family lost everything we had worked for under the regime of Idi Amin. Everything. Two businesses, our family farm and a teaching career. My own father had the courage to fight for our country of Uganda. His strength taught me a lot about selflessness and sacrifice for the greater good of others. He stood in the face of injustice and was determined to fight for its eradication so that we could all be afforded basic rights and privileges: food, water, access to education, etc.  Today, I have the distinct pleasure of showing my own children this same courage and determination. My Fathers work has shaped my own role as father.

As fathers, we play a critical role in the development of children who will matriculate into the world. As Father’s it is our job to teach our children to protect progressive thought and the development of a society that protects all of humanity. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right”.

Today, as we celebrate Father’s day, let us remember that our children are watching and learning. As father’s, let us teach them to create a world that knows happiness, joy and fulfillment, for all members of humanity.

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