President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential. In 2015 the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) was launched, inspired by My Brother’s Keeper, to scale and sustain this mission. In late 2017, MBK 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.


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President Obama’s reflections on the loss of Rep. John Lewis

President Obama’s reflections on the loss of Rep. John Lewis

Our humble, servant leader who “gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice.”

A Movement 6 Years In the Making

A Movement 6 Years In the Making

We started My Brother’s Keeper so that every boy and young man of color in America would know that their dreams mattered as much as any other child’s.

Our nation’s calls for change and equality echo the poignant works of the late writer and activist James Baldwin, mentioned by Barack Obama during our town hall on policing earlier this month. MBK Village Columbus youth leader Playon Patrick joined CBS This Morning to help introduce Baldwin to a new generation.

President Obama recently joined Congressman John Lewis, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson, writer and survivor of police brutality Leon Ford, Jr., and youth leader LeQuan Muhammad, in an intergenerational panel moderated by activist and author Darnell Moore, to discuss the mental toll racism takes on people of color.

President Obama joined Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, President of Color of Change Rashad Robinson, Minneapolis City Council Representative Phillipe Cunningham, and MBK Columbus Youth Leader Playon Patrick, in a conversation moderated by Campaign Zero co-founder Brittany Packnett Cunningham. Together, they discussed the tragic events of recent weeks, the history of police violence in America, and specific actions needed to transform a system that has led to the loss of too many lives.

Watch President Obama discuss the importance of MBK Alliance's work across the United States.

As the country responds to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and racial injustice, it’s critical that every community has access to information.

Listen to Emanuel “Boo” Milton, a Cities United MBK Rising! delegate, join WRKF-FM 89.3’s Talk Louisiana to discuss how he put together Baton Rouge’s Drive-In WiFi Initiative to keep his community connected—inspired by resources shared during our Inspiration and Action in Times of Crisis Town Hall series.

Since launching four years ago, My Brother’s Keeper has worked to create opportunities for young boys and men of color across the country. Learn how MBK’s work will be woven into the Foundation’s larger mission of leadership development and civic engagement.


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