At 3:30 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 27, President Obama gave remarks in the East Room of the White House about the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, a multi-agency push to assure opportunities for young men of color.

The president was introduced by Christian Champagne, 18, a senior at Hyde Park Career Center in Chicago. Champagne is a member of the Becoming a Man program,  which provides a safe place to learn skills and stay on track in school.

President Obama recently visited the group and shared his own story of the challenges he faced as a young man, Champagne said. Behind the president stood other young members of the B.A.M. program, as well as students from similar programs in Washington, D.C.

 Also in attendance were notables former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Magic Johnson, political commentator Bill O’Reilly, Rev. Al Sharpton, Sen. Cory Booker, and many others representing the initiative’s broad bipartisan coalition.

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