In a recreation center in downtown Baltimore on Saturday, health researchers and a former University of Maryland basketball player began a task many consider herculean: improving relationships between Baltimore's young black men and their fathers.
"There's a breakdown of family structure in Baltimore. It's deeply ingrained in the culture of the city," said Jasel D. Martin, a postdoctoral researcher at the University Maryland, Baltimore.
Martin helped develop and launch the inaugural "Me & Pops" seminar, which drew a few dozen young black men and their fathers — or other mentors or role models — to the center.
The event was part of...