Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) released the following statement for Father's Day, observed on Sunday, June 17:
"Father's Day is an opportunity to come together and pay tribute to fathers who do so much for our families. This Father's Day, I'd like to recognize Roland Martin from Clarksburg, Maryland.
Mr. Martin was the well-deserving recipient this week of the White House's "Champions of Change" award, given to those in our communities doing tremendous work in the field of fatherhood and addressing the needs of low-income men and boys.
Mr. Martin's leadership at The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) is a great example of how we can combine community-based partnerships with engagement at all levels of government to improve the well-being of our young people. His work highlights the critical role fathers play in the development of our young people, and the importance of ensuring that all our children have access to role models in their communities.
"On a personal note, I pause this Father's Day to honor my father John, who served and sacrificed for this nation. Like many fathers throughout our community, my father instilled my core values and remains a source of inspiration. I wish all our fathers a happy and joy-filled Happy Father's Day."