Source: Real Clear Politics
When President Obama met with House Democrats on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland asked the president about efforts to help minorities and at-risk youth, especially in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case and following Obama’s personal remarks last month about the need for a public “soul searching” on race in America.
According to Politico, Cummings urged Obama not to let the national moment pass without harnessing the administration’s efforts to help at-risk and minority youth. The president agreed, telling his audience, “We’re doing that,” according to the report.
Obama is expected to pick up the themes of equal justice and opportunity during events to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, planned for Aug. 27-28.
Among the initiatives the president and his administration have supported are the Becoming a Man program, anchored in low-income public high schools in his adopted hometown. Obama met with participants in Chicago in February and hosted some of the young men at the White House in June.
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