Obama speaks on young men of color in the Bronx - Metro US

Obama speaks on young men of color in the Bronx

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President Barack Obama paid a visit to the Bronx Monday afternoon to launch My Brother’s Keeper, a nonprofit aimed at helping young men of color succeed.

My Brother’s Keeper was started by the president as a task force following the death of Trayvon Martin. The new nonprofit will help expand education opportunities for young people in poor communities, and connect them with jobs and other opportunities.

“We see ourselves in these young men,” Obama said, speaking at Lehman College in the Bronx. “I grew up without a dad. I grew up lost sometimes in a drift, not having the sense of a clear path. The only difference between men and a lot of other young men, in this neighborhood and all across the country, is that I grew up in an environment that was a little more forgiving.”

Obama said during his speech he would remain committed to race relations even after leaving the White House.

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