Politics & Government

Tacoma event plans to draw 1,000 marchers to encourage fathers

An event in Tacoma this Saturday aims to draw at least 1,000 people to march several blocks in support of men’s involvement in their families.

The 1000 Man Family March & Festival will start on Tacoma’s Hilltop at 10 a.m. at South 23rd Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. It will end at Peoples Park, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

The fourth annual march and festival is organized by the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance. One purpose is to raise awareness that men are often absent from the home and that many children are growing up without fathers, according to the Rev. Michael Purter of the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance.

The march seeks to encourage involvement among men who are not participating in their families and to celebrate those who are, Purter said.

Festivities at the park will include performances by gospel choirs, speakers, a community resource fair and children’s activities.

As part of the event, a forum for high school students and parents on the importance of education and going to college will take place at noon at SureHouse Open Bible Church, 901 S. 10th St.

Representatives of Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington Tacoma will host the forum.

PLU and the City of Tacoma are helping to support the event. For more information, call Purter at 253-381-4549.