OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Former President Barack Obama will be joined by Warriors star Steph Curry and singer John Legend and other big names in Oakland on Tuesday at an event aimed at empowering young men of color.
The first-of-its-kind summit called “MBK Rising” held at the Scottish Rite Temple is being sponsored by the Obama Foundation.
The three-day event started Monday and wraps up Wednesday.
Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper five years ago after the death of Trayvon Martin – the goal is the advocate for boys and men of color.
Monday was a day of service: People cleaned up Martin Luther King Junior Elementary School in West Oakland.
On Tuesday, youth and community leaders from across the country will hear from Obama and Curry, who will speak at the event and host a town hall.
They’ll celebrate organizations for reducing youth violence and growing mentorship programs – like Brotherhood Crusade from Los Angeles.
“It’s inspiring and teaches us ways to improve ourselves, to change the narrative, how society views black culture,” said Jerry Elijah.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Francisco Mayor London Breed are also scheduled to be at the event.
"Just having the government do something wasn't enough. We had to mobilize communities. We had over 300 communities...who took up that challenge and said we're going to try and set up programs to support young men, give them opportunities..." - @BarackObama @ObamaFoundation #MBK— Alyana Gomez (@AlyanaGomezKTVU) February 20, 2019
These grieving mothers are speaking to the young men in the room about focusing on their goals to continue their success. @lucymcbath_ says "you are good enough, you are wise enough...all of your ancestors before you and your communities and your families support you." #MBKRising— Alyana Gomez (@AlyanaGomezKTVU) February 20, 2019
"There's a movement. There's a collective awareness and responsibility we're all tapped into."@StephenCurry30 talking about how he and his teammates are using their platform to help other young men who may not have a father in their lives. #MBKRising @ObamaFoundation— Alyana Gomez (@AlyanaGomezKTVU) February 20, 2019
Question: What were some of the struggles you went through as a kid and how were you able to get through it? @StephenCurry30 "my supporters allowed me to understand what I was capable of...The swagger and the confidence I have on the court right now, it wasn't always there."— Alyana Gomez (@AlyanaGomezKTVU) February 20, 2019
"I was a good kid in the sense that I was always kind to people. I did not have a sense of purpose or a clear sense of direction during a big chunk of my high school years." @BarackObama #MBKRising #Oakland @KTVU— Alyana Gomez (@AlyanaGomezKTVU) February 20, 2019
Keshon White of Fresno asks how can we create a system to reduce crime and make long term change? @BarackObama "to create economic opportunities in communities so that if you are willing to work hard you can make a living and support a family. " #MBKRising #Oakland @KTVU— Alyana Gomez (@AlyanaGomezKTVU) February 20, 2019
"The criminal justice system itself has to make changes. Most of that work has to be done at the local level and not the federal level. Most of our criminal laws are state laws. Most of the prison populations are state prison populations."@BarackObama #MBKRising @ObamaFoundation— Alyana Gomez (@AlyanaGomezKTVU) February 20, 2019
"The way police operate in those communities, building trust...knowing somebody who wears a hoodie isn't a criminal...it's just style. We need to make sure police are trained and accountable in serving those communities." @BarackObama #MBKRising— Alyana Gomez (@AlyanaGomezKTVU) February 20, 2019