Proverbs 23:24 says, “The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise.” Happy Father’s Day to men everywhere!

If you want to hear about a Black man who never left his large family, stay married to the same women 58 years, and together, with little education, raised nine children to become successful adults, then that would be my father, Bishop Benjamin F. Grant Sr. Head of household was his forte. The best farmer, a sharecropper who earned much more money for the land owners than he ever did for himself. Happy Heavenly Father’s Day to my father Bishop Grant.

This year, I kept my father’s tribute short. Yielding this space to Cary Williams — who wrote this tribute to his late father, Joe Williams, and to his late godfather, Charles White II — has been a pleasure.

Here is what Cary said:

“My dad passed away at the end of February in 2020. A little over two months later, my godfather passed away from COVID. I have thought about them both a lot over the past year, and what they have meant to my life. One thing that I really appreciated about my dad is that he would do anything for anyone. After he passed away, a young man who used to work for my dad at a uniform company when he was in his 20s, wrote an article on Facebook about how my dad would pick him up at 3:30 a.m. so that they could start their shift at 4 a.m. He spoke about how he learned leadership and work ethic from my dad. This young man eventually grew within that company until he started his own real estate business. He spoke about how it meant so much to him that my dad was proud of the man he had become. For the past eight years, I worked supporting people with developmental disabilities — I do not think I would have gone into that line of work without learning the lessons I learned from him. However, it meant a lot to me to see that the lessons my dad taught me, he also passed on to others.

“My godfather died of COVID in May of 2020 at the age of 77. He had a magnetic smile and boisterous laugh. You could not be around him without feeling blessed, and yet when he saw you the first thing he did was thank you for being in his presence. He worked for decades as a D.C. public school teacher and on the staff of the D.C. Teachers’ Union. He dedicated his life to improving the lives of others. I honestly believe that he felt that this was his calling from God, and he accepted that calling with joy.

“As I think about Father’s Day, I remember two men who believed that being a father extended beyond their biological children, and that fatherhood involved lifting many boats. Their success in life was not measured just on what they did, but also on how what they did helped others grow. This Father’s Day I remember and miss my dad, Joe Williams, and my godfather, Charles White. However, I also love and rejoice in their memory, and hope to pass on the lessons they taught me.”

What a tremendous tribute Cary gave to his two fathers.

I remember how my father never applied for food stamps, which he truly was eligible to do with so many mouths to feed. Nothing against food stamps — millions of people of all races have used food stamps to help them to get to a better place. But my father was a father who taught us to work to earn our keep — no handouts. He was true to himself. We must appreciate good fathers in every way possible.

Salute to all of the dads, godfathers, mentors and those who are standing in the gap for other boys and girls.

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website,, email or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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