Helping Young Men of Color Achieve Their Dreams
It was a star-studded affair: President Obama, John Legend, Ryan Coogler, Stephen Curry, Michael B. Jordan. But the focus of last month’s MBK Rising! event in Oakland was the hundreds of boys and young men of color for whom President Obama created the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative five years ago. The initiative calls on all Americans to work on behalf of boys and young men of color. MBK Rising! brought together MBK Network members, elected officials, cross-sector leaders, young men of color, and organizations working to help young men of color achieve their dreams. NCCD CEO Kathy Park
attended as well. Her photo (left) shows a town hall meeting with President Obama and NBA player Curry, who shared their advice with the young men in attendance.
Throughout the two-day event, attendees were asked to share how they live the words “I am my brother’s keeper” via the conference app or from the stage. Park wrote: “I’m driven by the core values of living in service to others in support of a common purpose and of justice. These two things combined engender a sense of personal responsibility to use the resources available to me in ways that advance opportunity and promote equity where institutional and systemic bias and racism have left entire communities behind.” Learn more about the event here