"Lazy." "Absent." "Morally bankrupt."

Those are just some of the words and phrases that have been used to describe black fathers for years, and they've made a lasting impression. Research, though, has proven what many of us already know:

Black dads are incredible.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study from 2013 found that black dads are actually more involved with their kids on a daily basis than any other racial group. Photographer Zun Lee recently partnered with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement to help change the erroneous narrative of the absent black dad.

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Shkoryah Carthen has spent half of her life working in the service industry. While the 32-year old restaurant worker quickly sensed that Covid-19 would bring real change to her daily life, Carthen hardly knew just how strongly it would impact her livelihood.

"The biggest challenge for me during this time, honestly is just to stay afloat," Carthen said.

Upon learning the Dallas restaurant she worked for would close indefinitely, Carthen feared its doors may never reopen.

Soon after, Carthen learned that The Wilkinson Center was desperately looking for workers to create and distribute meals for those in need in their community. The next day, Carthen was at the food pantry restocking shelves and creating relief boxes filled with essentials like canned foods, baby formula and cleaning products. In addition to feeding families throughout the area, this work ensured Carthen the opportunity to provide food for her own.

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