On Sunday evening, Discovery Channel and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network premiered RISE: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper, a film exploring explores the lives of boys and young men of color that participate in life changing programs. President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to tackle opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color in this country and to ensure all youth can achieve their full potential. In September of last year, he also issued a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes across the country to help address the crisis.
The online conversation around RISE and My Brother’s Keeper was rich and, to continue the discussion, there will be a special #MBKTownHall today on Twitter with a wonderful lineup of participants, including:
- Broderick Johnson (Assistant to the President, Cabinet Secretary and Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force)
- Tim King (Founder & CEO, Urban Prep Academies)
- David Peake (Urban Prep Academies Alumnus & Georgetown University Student)
- Dawn Porter (Director, RISE: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper)
- Anthony Watson (Director, Becoming A Man, Youth Guidance)
The Twitter Town Hall will begin today (Tuesday, June 23) at 5pm ET using the #MBKTownHall hashtag, and will include discussion of the film, the importance of mentorship and how individuals can be their brother’s keeper.