The Obama Foundation announced Tuesday that the former president will be joined by big-name guests for the first-ever national gathering for the My Brother’s Keeper’s Alliance, a mentoring program for young men of color.
Singer John Legend and NBA star Stephen Curry will be on stage with former President Barack Obama in Oakland Feb. 18-20 to promote the alliance that was started in response to the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The announcement comes on what would’ve been Martin’s 24th birthday.
"We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that's a job for all of us. That's the way to honor Trayvon Martin." President @BarackObama
— MBK Alliance (@MBK_Alliance) February 5, 2019
A statement released by My Brother’s Keeper Alliance explains the goal of the summit, which also marks the fifth anniversary of the start of the program:
“My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, now part of the Obama Foundation, aims to support mentoring and youth violence prevention efforts that ensure boys and young men of color have the same right as every child to a safe and supportive community and opportunity to thrive. The convening will be an opportunity to reflect on the progress made over the years and build on the momentum of those seeing success.”
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— The Obama Foundation (@ObamaFoundation) February 4, 2019
According to Blavity, John Legend will be interviewing the mother of Trayvon Martin and other parents who have lost their sons.
“If my mentors and friends hadn’t held my hand and cleared my way, I might have been taken down a very different path,” Legend told Blavity. “Every boy and girl should have the opportunity to bask in the joy of childhood and the benefit of a safe and supportive community.”
Curry has shown his support for the organization for some time. Last February, the Golden State Warriors player wore My Brother’s Keeper shoes in a game an auctioned them off to raise money for the initiative.
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 1, 2018
Obama, Curry, and Legend will be joined by multiple other speakers. According to the Obama Foundation, they will address a variety of topics such as preventing youth violence, mentoring, masculinity, and storytelling.