Date of Award

Summer 8-12-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African-American Studies

First Advisor

Makungu Akinyela

Second Advisor

Jonathan Gayles

Third Advisor

Raena Harwell


This study explored the lived experiences of Black fathers who have children but do not reside with them. The study focused in particular on fathers who have formal agreements to pay child support through the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Services. The study sought to gain insight into how Black fathers within these circumstances, negotiate parenting with their children and how they understand the meaning of fatherhood. Using the qualitative, narrative methodological approach, data for the study was collected through personal interviews. Data was analyzed and synthesized thematically. 12 participants were recruited from the metro Atlanta area through convenience samples, snowball methods, flyer and posts within the "Black Fathers" social group on Facebook.