July 6, 2016
Columbia mayor chosen to spotlight ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiatives in South Carolina
South Carolina’s capital city has been singled out as a success story for how other towns can get inspired by “My Brother’s Keeper,” President Barack Obama’s initiative to empower boys and young men of color through combinations of federal grants, public-private partnerships and ingenuity.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was invited to the White House on Wednesday to share with a small group of reporters what he and local partners were doing to promote MBK.
Benjamin, a Democrat, was part of a panel that included Broderick Johnson, an assistant to Obama and chairman of the MBK task force, and Valerie Jarrett, a highly visible senior advisor to the president.
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