Angela Patton: A Father-Daughter Dance ... In Prison

Angela Patton: A Father-Daughter Dance ... In Prison

"Because a father is locked in [jail] does not mean he should be locked out of his daughter's life." - Angela Patton

At TEDxWomen, Camp Diva founder Angela Patton told the heart-warming story of how she came to throw a father-daughter dance in prison. The idea began with a group of girls brainstorming ways to help their fathers better understand them. Solution: a father-daughter dance! After a few years of dances, a Camp Diva girl revealed a hesitation: Her father wouldn’t be able to attend because he was in prison. So Patton asked Richmond City Sheriff C.T. Woody. He agreed to try holding the dance in his jail, because he felt, as Patton says, “when fathers are connected to their children, it is less likely that they will return.” In Patton’s talk, you can see images from the first father-daughter dance ever held at Richmond City Jail.

The TED article "Meet the fathers and daughters who danced the night away in a prison" also contains some great photos of the event. You can also read the follow-up "Angela Patton holds second father-daughter dance in prison, sets sights on a documentary."

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