Episode 10 Black Fathers Matter part 2 with guest host Carlton CJ Harkless

Hark Henry sits down with family CJ Harkless and discuss the challenges he's facing as a father fighting the courts for custody, while they courts fight him back. CJ shares his story and gives some advice as he works hard to maintain and support his currently family and never forgetting about the daughter he loves so dearly. CJ has ran into opposition from his own lawyers, judges and family. The courts are using law principles from the 19th century to justify men not having custody of their children, called The Tender Years Doctrine


CJ's message to men going through the struggle, "Know God and don't give up!"

 Brothas and fellas know your rights! Know the laws!


  • Tender Years Doctrine - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tender_years_doctrine
  • The Tender Years Doctrine: Origin, History, Modern Usage And Criticism - https://baysingerlaw.com/2018/02/tender-years-doctrine-origin-history-modern-usage-criticism/
  • How the Family Court System Fails Black Fathers and How You Can Help - https://familylawyermagazine.com/articles/family-court-fails-black-fathers-how-you-can-help/
  • Institutional Racism and the Rights of Black Fathers - https://blog.petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/2022/05/10/institutional-racism-and-the-rights-of-black-fathers/
  • AWARD-WINNING LAW FIRM CHAMPIONS FATHERS’ RIGHTS AND KEEPS BLACK FAMILIES TOGETHER -https://www.blackenterprise.com/award-winning-law-firm-champions-fathers-rights-and-keeps-black-families-togethe/
  • Child Custody Statistics: What Custodial Parents Should Know - https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/legal-guides/child-custody-statistics Intro/Background/Outro music: City Life produced by Errol Fleming El


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