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MBK Rising!


Arrive as many rise as one

In 2019, MBK Rising! brought together the growing network of MBK Alliance Communities, cross-sector leaders, and young men of color and the organizations working hard to help them achieve their dreams.


This portrait features John Ledgend, a black man with a medium skin tone and low hair cut wearing a black collared shirt with his hand holding his chin.

John Legend, Singer-songwriter

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Alicia Garza, National Domestic Workers’ Alliance and Black Lives Matter

This portrait features Stephen Curry, a black man with a medium skin tone, beard, hazel eyes, and low hair cut smiling.

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

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MJ Rodriguez, Actress and Activist

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Michael B. Jordan, Actor and Producer

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Ryan Coogler, Filmmaker

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Experience MBK Rising!

MBK Rising! brought together hundreds of young men of color and leaders working to break down barriers that too often leave boys and young men of color at a disadvantage. From a town hall conversation with President Obama and Steph Curry where young men could ask questions, to a candid conversation on the interconnectedness of race, gender, and sexual orientation, the gathering created moments to celebrate progress and rally people near and far to continue the work of building a bright future for each and every one of us.

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A man with a deep skin tone wearing a gray jacket, black jogging pants, and black shoes with neon shoestring holes, stands on a columbia blue chair on a basketball court as he reaches up toward the basketball hoop touching the net. In the background are a tree, grass, a white building, and a wall with colorful art on it.
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I have power and I can give power.

Kendrick Eagle, MBK Rising! participant

In this portrait, Micheal Strautmanis, a black man with a light-medium skin tone and glasses wearing a dark blue suit smiles while holding a microphone.

Chief Engagement Officer, Michael Strautmanis, shares his inspiring story of how the mentorship of two young Chicago lawyers—Michelle Robinson and her fiancé Barack Obama—changed the trajectory of his life.

February 18, 2019

In this portrait, President Obama smiles looking off to the right while holding a microphone

President Obama Marks Five-Year Anniversary of My Brother’s Keeper with Reading List

Earlier today, President Obama shared a reading list in lead-up to MBK Rising!, a two-day convening that will bring together in… More

There is a movement and a collective awareness that we are tapping into. My dad set that example for me and I want to be able to give that back."

Steph Curry

A black man with a deep skin tone stands on a chair while fixing a basketball hoop. The background features buildings with a vibrant mural and palm trees.

MBK Rising! participants kicked off the event with a day of service at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Oakland.

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