Obama pledges support for young men of colour

Former president of the United States of America, Barack Obama has reiterated the need to support the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative amidst the COVID-19 crisis and the racial injustice as today marks seven years since the initiative was launched at the Whitehouse.

In a Facebook post, Barack Obama said, “This past year, the combined crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice once again laid bare why it was important for us to launch the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance—because it’s up to all of us to build communities that are more safe, more equitable, and more just for everyone who lives in them.”

According to the post, leaders of the initiative have come a long way in the achievement of their vision however a lot more can be done with support from the general public.

“From joining community-wide efforts to reimagine policing to distributing food, standing together in peaceful protests, and hosting virtual check-ins, My Brother’s Keeper leaders have doubled down to reduce the barriers that hold young men of color back.

“And by joining the Alliance, you can help us reach even more. It remains true that the only way this country lives up to its ideals is if our young people are able to reach their full potential, and we all have a stake in their success.

“Ensuring that our young people can go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them is the single most important task that we have as a nation. And I am committed to continuing this work of supporting our young men and boys of color as they reach for their fullest potential”, the post said

The Obama foundation explains that the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance was instituted to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential.

It says it “In late 2017, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance became an initiative of the Obama Foundation. Within the Obama Foundation, MBK Alliance focuses on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity.”

Source: Opemsuo.com/ Hajara Fuseini

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