INSPIRATIONAL: Former US president Barack Obama and basketball player Steph Curry (Image: Obama Foundation/YouTube)
BARACK OBAMA has delivered inspiring messages to young black and minority ethnic men at an event to mark a milestone anniversary of his My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative.
Obama and Steph Curry teamed up for a Q&A at MBK Rising, a three-day programme of talks and workshops to organised to celebrate the fifth anniversary of alliance in Oakland, California.
Obama set up MBK in 2012 following the tragic death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
On Tuesday, the former US president and the Golden State Warriors basketball player joined forces to share positive messages with young men.
Introducing himself, Obama told the crowd: “For those of you who don’t know me, I am Michelle’s husband, Barack.”
The audience of young men were given the opportunity to ask Obama and Curry questions about their lives and ask for their advice.
Obama’s comments on self-confidence caused the crowd – and Curry – to burst into laughter.
“If you are very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking. You seem stressed that you got to be acting that way,” he said.
He added: “Because I have got one woman, who I am very happy with. And she is a strong woman.”
He also pledged to help the boys and young men have access to the tools, resources and opportunities needed to achieve their potential.
“You matter. We care about you. We believe in you. And we are going to make sure you have the opportunities and chances to move forward like everybody else,” he said.
Among the other high profile speakers at MBK Rising were Black Panther actor Michael B Jordan and the film’s director Ryan Coogler, who grew up in Oakland, Trayvon Martin’s mum Sybrina Fulton and singer John Legend.
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Elected officials and community leaders also took part in the initiative’s first national gathering.
My Brother’s Keeper works to address close the opportunity gaps that so many black and minority ethnic boys and young men face.
Highlights of MBK Rising are available to watch on the
Obama Foundation’s YouTube page.
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