Detroit men launch 'Father's First Movement' to encourage dads to play active roles in their children's lives

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jan 04, 2021

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Two Detroit men are on a mission to spread an important message: it's cool to be a doting dad.

Photo: Romell Holmes & Michael Phillips Jr.

Michael Phillips Jr. and Romell Holmes are the founders of the 'Father's First Movement.' The movement encourages fathers to play active roles in the lives of their children.

Dozens of dads in metro Detroit and beyond are showing interest in the movement. It was inspired by Phillips' departed friend, Jeremy Abbott, who left behind a 3-year-old daughter.

Photo: Jeremy Abbott & daughter

Now, Phillips, a 25-year-old dad, is just trying to make a difference.

Photo: Phillips with his family

“Every member that is a part of the movement, I want to get the one-on-one with them,” said Phillips. “I want to know how they are providing for their families.” He says he also asks how he can help members.

The Father's First Movement holds regular events to help dads connect with their kids.

You can find more information about the movement here.