An Overview of Our Work Surrounding the
My Brother's Keeper Initiative
Over the past year and a half, the African American Policy Forum has engaged in conversations, released open letters, published a variety of op-eds, conducted television and radio interviews, and produced a series of nationally-broadcast Webinars concerning President Obama's signature initiative, "My Brother's Keeper." We have built a campaign calling for the inclusion of girls and young women of color–in addition to boys and young men of color–in the initiative, because we believe that any program purporting to uplift the lives of youth of color cannot narrow its focus exclusively on just half of the community. We understand that the personal and institutional barriers facing boys and young men of color must also be confronted by our sisters, and any racial justice initiative geared towards removing those barriers must account for the lives of all youth of color. If the air is toxic, it is toxic for everyone who has to breathe it.