Photos: Fathers and daughters bond at a special Valentine's dance


Melvin Carter gets hugs from his daughters.
1 Melvin Carter gets hugs from his daughters Naomi, 7, left, and Maylena, 10, right, as a speaker guides them through an exercise where daughters and fathers exchange hugs. 
4th annual Father Daughter Dance
2 Fathers and daughters dance at the fourth annual event. 
Mya Alexander, 13, and her father Michael
3 Mya Alexander, 13, and her father Michael attend the dance for the second time. "I'll be the first man she looks up to," said Alexander of his daughter. "He makes everything positive and he pushes me toward my dreams," Mya said of her father. 
Chris Pierce, with daughter Krue Logan-Pierce, 1
4 Chris Pierce, with his daughter Krue Logan-Pierce, 1 1/2, of St. Paul, watch a dance performance. 
Archlyn Korpu, 6, left, and her father Archie
5 Archlyn Korpu, 6, left, and her father Archie, of Brooklyn Park, at the Valentine's Day dance. 
Aliyah Hickman, 2, holds her grandfather's hand.
6 Aliyah Hickman, 2 1/2, holds hands with her grandfather Maurice, of Minneapolis, as they wait to have a photo taken in a photo booth. 
Volunteers greet people at the dance.
7 Volunteers Nicole Foster, left, of Plymouth, and Vivian Moore, center, of Brooklyn Center, greet people at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. 
Rodger & Kamia Newel, Clifton & Amariah Williams
8 On the left, Rodger Newell and his daughter Kamia, 5, and on the right, Kwedeh Mcborrough and his daughter, Ciara, 4, from Brooklyn Center. 
Richard Hall reads a covenant to his daughter.
9 Richard Hall, of Brooklyn Park, reads a covenant from the program of the event to his daughter Blessyn Champ, 7. 
Fathers read a covenant to their daughters.
10 Fathers read a covenant to their daughters. It read, in part, "I will strive to be the example of a good man, husband, and father for my daughter; realizing that I am the measurement by which she will judge her adult relationships." 
Jerry Hammock and daughter Harmonee, 10
11 Jerry Hammock, of Ramsey, and his daughter Harmonee, 10, dance on Valentine's Day. 
Terry Cargill and his daughter Latiah, 8
12 Terry Cargill and his daughter Latiah, 8. Latiah said her favorite thing about her dad is that "I can tell him anything." Cargill said his favorite thing about his daughter is: "Everything." 
Stephen Moore with daughters Aria and Nylah
13 Stephen Moore of St. Paul holds his daughter Aria, 5, while dancing with his other daughter Nylah, 6. 
Marcell Jackson and Uriyah, 4
14 Marcell Jackson, of Minneapolis, and his daughter Uriyah, 4. 
Girls dance at the 4th Father Daughter Dance
15 Girls dance together at the fourth annual father-daughter dance. 
Kierra Murray, 17, left, and her father Kevin
16 Kierra Murray, 17, left, and her father Kevin. 
Kani Jackson and Jada, 3
17 Kani Jackson of Minneapolis holds his daughter Jada, 3. Jackson's other daughter Nia, 15, was also with them at the dance. 
Matt Runion and his daughter Kate, 11
18 Matt Runion and his daughter Kate, 11, of north Minneapolis. Runion said of his daughter, "She is strong inside and out. She is a swimmer so she is physically strong, but she's got a lot of character." Kate said of her father, "He's fun and he spends a lot of time with me." 
Terry Austin & daughters Tarran, 10 and Alyssa, 18
19 Terry Austin, co-founder of Positive Image, which puts on the dance, with his daughters Tarran, 10, left, and Alyssa, 18. 
Emmanuel Donaby and Karmah, 10
20 Emmanuel Donaby and his daughter Karmah, 10, of St. Paul. 
William Baker, JaYla Baker, 11, and JaShawna, 13
21 William Baker and his daughters JaYla Baker, 11, left, and JaShawna, 13.