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This page provides videos and content from the MBK Leadership Forum, a virtual gathering of MBK Communities that are making notable progress to reduce barriers and expand opportunity for boys and young men of color. The gathering which was held May 26-27, celebrated progress, centered racial equity as a core driver to meet MBK goals, shared best practices from communities with proven success, strengthened leadership skills, and spotlighted what works. The MBK Leadership Forum also featured the release of the MBK Equity Framework and a conversation with President Obama and youth and community leaders on the unprecedented activism and action that has taken place in the year since George Floyd’s tragic murder, and the importance of reimagining policing and public safety in the work ahead.

Speakers

ras baraka

Mayor Ras Baraka, Newark, NJ

Benny Estrada

Benny Estrada, Director of Street Outreach, New Life Centers of Chicagoland

Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza, Founder, Black Futures Lab; co-creator, #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network

Jacob Jackson

Jacob Jackson, Youth Leader, Los Angeles Youth Uprising (LAYUP)

Julio Marcial

Julio Marcial, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Liberty Hill Foundation

Anthony Montoya

Anthony Montoya, Youth Representative, New Life Centers of Chicagoland

Video Highlights

A Conversation With President Obama

As part of the MBK Leadership Forum, President Obama participated in a conversation with youth and community leaders on the unprecedented activism and action that has taken place in the year since George Floyd’s tragic murder and the importance of reimagining policing and public safety in the work ahead. To watch in Spanish, click  here Opens in a new tab.

Community Shoutouts

MBK Leadership Forum Community Shoutout: Chicago

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed herein are those of the speakers; they do not necessarily reflect or represent the opinion or views of the Obama Foundation.

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