John Legend, Steph Curry To Join Barack Obama For The First My Brother's Keeper National Summit In Oakland
The Summit will be held in mid-February and focus on issues like violence prevention.
February 05, 2019 at 4:58 am
Basketball superstar Steph Curry and musician John Legend will be joining Barack Obama at this year's My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance Summit.
My Brother’s Keeper, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary, was founded by Obama in 2014 following the killing of Trayvon Martin. The organization aims to help narrow the achievement gap between young men of color and their white counterparts. It became the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance in 2015. In 2017, it became an initiative under the Obama Foundation focusing on building safe spaces for these boys so they can feel valued and continue the road to success.
This year, MBK Rising! will be held between February 18-20 in Oakland, California. Curry, the Warriors point guard, and Legend, both announced they would be participating in the event, which will be attended by hundreds of boys and young men, on Tuesday morning.
“I see my younger self in these young men—full of talent and possibility but unsure where to go and uncertain that their dreams mattered to their community or country,” said Legend. “That’s why I’m proud to be part of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.”
He also mentioned that he’d be interviewing Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, along with other families who’ve tragically lost their sons but are working to create systemic change.
Curry has been partnering with the MBK alliance for years, even rocking some MBK shoes at a Wizards game last year.
Legend also spoke about the upcoming summit. Echoing Curry’s words, the "All of Me" singer spoke on the importance of mentorship.
“If my mentors and friends hadn’t held my hand and cleared my way, I might have been taken down a very different path,” the EGOT recipient stated. “Every boy and girl should have the opportunity to bask in the joy of childhood and the benefit of a safe and supportive community.”
This year’s summit will tackle issues such as youth violence prevention, mentorship and the importance of giving people second chances. It will also be available for livestream on obama.org.
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