After my first colonoscopy and the removal of a few polyps at the age of 26 I realized that I was statistically and genetically screwed. It was then that I decided I wanted to live to see my son turn 80. You are all invited to my 104th birthday in 2083. As my hero Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “longevity has its place” and I am hoping that it is with me. And with you. -Keith D. Morton, Executive Director
Over the years Keith has been lucky enough to experience many unique things. He has held director titles at prestigious organizations like The Children’s Aid Society in New York City, been the administrative manager of a mental health clinic, joined the founding leadership team of a wonderfully ambitious public charter school, and he has coached parents through difficult times in their family’s growth.
At various points Keith has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Time Magazine, and National Public Radio. He was once featured in a documentary, recorded a couple dozen podcasts that have been listened to over one hundred thousand times, and even took part in filming the pilot for a TV talk show that never was. The thing that opened the door for all of this was his blog, African American Dad, which was the first daddy blog in the world to identify itself as being black. Surprisingly, Keith made friends of many races through that blog and hopes to continue in that spirit as he moves forward. That blog inspired the book Not Superdad, which serves as a reminder of where he has been and where he wants to be.
Of all the things Keith has done, and continues to do, none are more important, or pride-inducing than being a dad and having a family. He has learned much through his 9 to 5 jobs, and earning his degree at Hunter College, but he learned about life, and love, and sacrifice through being a dad.
The natural progression for him was to create this non-profit organization so he can bring the Not Superdad movement to scale as well as introduce other programs and ideas with the sole purpose of helping dads.
This is only the beginning for BDC and the future is filled with possibilities.