Obama Announces Initiative To Support Young Black Men (VIDEO)
Matt | On 28, Feb 2014
Thursday was an historic day at the White House. President Obama proudly launched his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative — a collection of community and foundation efforts to support and encourage the development of young men of color.
“My Brother’s Keeper” is aimed at identifying issues around young men in communities of color and using resources to empower and uplift those individuals. The president signed a declaration on Thursday to create the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force that will allow the federal government to support the effort across its agencies. That, combined with $200 million in new support pledged from private foundations, is helping to give the initiative its legs.
Obama reiterated in his remarks that this is not a new government program, but rather a partnership with the private sector. Hopefully, that will silence the
haters critics who would never want a dime of government money go to uplift a young man of color.
In all the years of following the Obama Administration, I do not recall seeing so many black men gathered together in a room for an event that was not centered on sports or entertainment. It was refreshing as a black man to see this because I want to see all facets of my people represented — the youth, grown folks, famous, and not-so-famous. I was slightly jealous that I was not in the room with them.
If you are interested in more information on the movement, click here.