The search for a father figure through 100 Black Men of Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Jammal Hunter had no father figure and fought without it.
“What a mother can show you and what a father can show you are two different things,” said Hunter. “Since my mother was my mother and father, there were some things I couldn’t learn, so I had to have this father figure.”
His mother discovered 100 Black Men where he met with the managing director, Marcus Bell.
“We played basketball, we played catch, we eat a lot, we like to try new foods,” said Hunter. “We also went to the library and worked on school assignments.”
Since 8th grade, Bell has led Hunter in ways that are difficult to articulate.
“He was there. He never said he would be there and not come. He was there every time he was there and that was very important,” said Hunter.
Hunter said Bell shaped him from a boy into an admirable young man.
“I would probably do the same stupid things as I do. I wasn’t listening, ”said Hunter.
Bell keeps a promise to Hunter: to be there.
“One of our mottos with 100 Black Men of Omaha is mentoring for a lifetime,” said Bell.
Ultimately, thanks to Bell, Hunter knows what kind of man he wants to be.
“He stepped into my life and showed me the pros and cons, so I hope to be as successful as him,” said Hunter.
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