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I was accused of paternity as a teenager, growing up in Memphis, TN. I dated a girl who said I fathered her child, but a DNA test proved that I was not the father. THE GIRL I DATED DIED IN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT BEFORE THE DNA RESULTS WERE MADE PUBLIC. I share my story and those of four other men who were falsely accused of paternity in my self-published book, “I Am Not the Father: Narratives of Men Falsely Accused of Paternity.”

"I Am Not the Father" was recently selected to be featured at the 2011 National Association of Black Journalists Authors Showcase in Philadelphia, PA Aug. 4-5, 2011. Approximately 1,000 copies of "I Am Not the Father have been sold since it was released in August 2010.

“I Am Not the Father” has been featured on FOX Good Morning Memphis twice, FOX News at 9, NBC Action News 5, ABC24 Midday, the CBS News Channel 3 Live at 9 Morning Show and the evening broadcast at 5. The Tri-State Defender and Commercial Appeal newspapers and numerous radio programs have featured the book as well.

Stephen Conn, owner and director of Medical Testing Resources Inc., said his company has done more than 3,000 tests since it opened in 2001. He estimates it performs 90 percent of private DNA paternity testing in Shelby County, a predominantly Black county that includes Memphis. Conn said 45 to 70 percent of the tests performed by Medical Testing each month in the county exclude the man being tested. Nationally, such exclusions average 17 percent.

Men who were falsely accused of paternity and their families will be interviewed for my documentary, "I Am Not the Father: The Paternity Fraud Epidemic" to help people understand the seriousness of paternity fraud. A family law attorney, a mental health counselor, a DNA expert and a Tennessee State Representative have also agreed to be interviewed to discuss the legal, mental, medical and societal implications associated with paternity fraud. Your donation will be used for staffing, equipment and production costs associated with the documentary.

Please go to www.marcuslmatthews.com  or click the links in the websites section below to help you gain a greater understanding of my journey and movement.

Thanks for your support,

ML

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