IMD

International Men's Day in

United States

In 2001 a number of organizations in The United States joined in celebrating IMD on 19 November.

In 2008, International Men’s Day was supported by the Malachi Global Foundation (MGF) in Michigan  and U.S. author and speaker on men's issues Diane A. Sears reminded that Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 in which he called for the honoring and remembrance of the contributions of the men who sacrificed their lives during America’s Civil War. Sears proposed that U.S. citizens might continue the tradition of honouring males by the institution of International Men's Day which falls on the same date as President Lincoln's Address.

In 2009 Diane Sears became the U.S. coordinator for International Men's Day, promoting the event both nationally and abroad. In the same year and in 2010 International Men's Day was celebrated in nine States; Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Illinois, 
Virginia, New York, Iowa, Michigan and Hawaii.

In 2010 the Honorable Jennifer Granholm, Governor of Michigan, issued a proclamation designating 19 November as International Men’s Day in the State of Michigan. In New York a formal IMD Gala was celebrated at the Black Spectrum Theater hosted by Harold S. Reed Jr, which included an awards ceremony organized by attorney and speaker Cathleen Williams to celebrate positive male role models. In Illinois Roger C. Claar, Mayor of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Bolingbrook, Will and DuPage Counties, proclaimed November 19, 2010 as International Men's Day, and various community IMD observations took place in the City of Chicago.

2011 International Men's Day was celebrated on Saturday, 19 November 2011 under the theme, "Giving Boys The Best Possible Start In Life" in the United States in numerous states which included, but were not limited to, Pennsylvania, New York; Iowa (Luther College in Decorah, Iowa); Illinois; Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Hawaii; Florida; California; Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Arizona; Alabama; and Michigan.

2012 International Men's Day was celebrated on Monday, 19 November 2012 under the theme, "Helping Men and Boys Longer, Happier, Healthier Lives". The United States of America joined over 70 nations in observing 2012 International Men's Day.

Among its developments International Men’s Day has forged a collaboration between two nations—Botswana and the United States of America. Under the leadership of Geneuvive Twala, the Botswana Coordinator for 2012 International Men’s Day and Odetta Wright, the Virginia (USA) Regional Coordinator for 2012 International Men’s Day, the "Men Of Tomorrow" Rites of Passage Mentorship Program, a mentoring program for boys and young men established in 2011 in America, was launched in Botswana on Monday, 19 November 2012 – 2012 International Men’s Day. The "Men of Tomorrow" Rites of Passage Mentorship Program was initiated by Bishop Gerald O. Glenn of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Richmond, Virginia. The mentoring program was first launched in the United States on 2011 International Men’s Day – 19 November 2011 – in partnership with Mrs. Wright, who is also an actress, playwright, film producer, and co-founder of Father Figure Enterprises.

The Botswana Coordinator for 2012 International Men’s Day also launched a Literary Initiative in Botswana on 2012 International Men’s Day. Ms. Twala extended an invitation to boys and young men who are enrolled in the mentorship program and to students in local schools in Gaborone, Botswana to participate in a Literary Initiative which will take the form of a writing competition. International Fatherhood and Men's Issues Journal 'In Search of Fatherhood' which is published in the United States, is slated to publish the winning essays and poems emanating from the Literary Initiative in Botswana.

Weeks before the observance of 2012 International Men's Day, on 12 October 2012, Ms. Twala unveiled a ten-year plan for International Men’s Day, known as the "2012-2022: International Men’s Day Ten Year Plan" which will reduce over a ten-year period the key challenges of education, physical and mental health, violence, Fatherhood, positive male role models, and real-life options which prevent boys and young men—the Next Generation of Leaders, Husbands, and Fathers—from maturing into purpose-driven, productive, and successful adults. After reviewing the concept for this Plan created by Ms. Twala, a general consensus was reached among Coordinators in the United States for International Men's Day to adopt and develop this plan in America. The USA 2012-2022 International Men's Day Ten Year Plan Committee has been established and members who are Regional Coordinators for International Men's Day in the United States are working on developing and implementing the Plan.

 

 

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