At a White House event on Thursday, President Barack Obama promoted his administration’s new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, aimed at supporting positive life outcomes for young African-American and Hispanic men.
Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, said “boys and young men of color” face “some of the most severe challenges” in modern America. The new Obama initiative seeks to help African-American and Hispanic youth avoid pitfalls including drug-use, crime, dropping out of school and joblessness, the Washington Post notes.
Here are some key points to know about Thursday’s event, promoting the new Obama initiative for African-American and Hispanic young men:
- “My Brother’s Keeper” has secured funding commitments of about $200 million.
- Donors include the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
- Obama has set up a federal task force that will coordinate federal support for the initiative.
- The parents of Trayvon Martin attended Thursday’s event in the East Room of the White House.
- MSNBC host Al Sharpton and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly were also at the event.
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