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Luthuli-Allen / My Brothers Keeper

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Interviewer: Can you tell us more about My Brother’s Keeper? Lituli-Allen: My Brother’s Keeper was an executive action program by President Obama to improve the plight of black and Hispanic boys. Because of the hostility by the Republican Congress, it was unfunded. However, he appealed to Democratic mayors around the country to accept the program, and Annise Parker accepted it in Houston and housed it within Health and Human Services. The program has six milestones. You can find the milestones at www.mbkhouston.org. Milestones range from getting kids ready to learn by the time they enter school to making sure that they read at a proficient level by the fourth grade, making sure that they are college ready, making sure that they are ready to go into post-secondary careers, vocational education, and making sure there are second chance opportunities for them. Also, the prevention of crime. The work is spread over six milestones, most cities decided to accept one or two, but Houston accepts all six of them. We’re really into our second year. We concentrate into three geographical areas: Scarborough, Wheatley, and Kashmir. So, we are trying to pilot the six milestones in these three areas and if they are successful in these three areas, they will be expanded city-wide. This is going to be really, after President Obama leaves office, one of his signature kinds of projects to bring to fruition. So, we hope it will really catch fire as a community movement across the land, but you’ll be able to find everything at that website.

Interview Interview with Omowale Luthuli-Allen
Subjects Education › Higher Education
Historic Periods › 2009-Present
People › Obama, Barack
Tags My Brothers Keeper
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Interview date 2016-06-17
Interview source CRBB Summer 2016
Interviewees Luthuli-Allen, Omawale
Locations Houston, TX
Duration 00:02:28
Citation "My Brothers Keeper," from Omawale Luthuli-Allen oral history interview with ,  June 17, 2016, Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database, https://crbb.tcu.edu/clips/3447/my-brothers-keeper, accessed July 17, 2019