MLK Day speaker at Holy Cross: There's still work to be done

Wendell Davis, Durham County Manager, provided an overview of the My Brother's Keeper initiative in Durham

Photo of Wendell Davis speaking at the Holy Cross Durham annual MLK Day presentation.Wendell Davis, Durham County Manager, provided an update on the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative in Durham at the annual Martin Luther King Day program at Holy Cross Church on January 17.

The MBK Initiative for youth was launched nationally by President Barak Obama in February 2014 and has been active in Durham County. Davis, who is Durham County manager, is among the community leaders involved in the initiative.

The initiative was launched by President Obama to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people can reach their potential.

My Brother’s Keeper is focused on six milestones:

  • Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn. | All children should have a healthy start and enter school ready – cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally.
  • Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade. | All children should be reading at grade level by age 8 – the age at which reading to learn becomes essential.
  • Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career. | All youth should receive a quality high school education and graduate with the skills and tools needed to advance to postsecondary education or training.
  • Completing Postsecondary Education or Training. | Every American should have the option to attend postsecondary education and receive the education and training needed for the quality jobs of today and tomorrow.
  • Successfully Entering the Workforce. | Anyone who wants a job should be able to get a job that allows them to support themselves and their families.
  • Keeping Kids on Track and Giving Them Second Chances. | All youth and young adults should be safe from violent crime; and individuals who are confined should receive the education, training, and treatment they need for a second chance.

Davis spoke to many of these points as they relate to the Durham County communities. He also provided a slide presentation that summarized key data points for the region. That information is included in this video and slide presentation

Members of the Holy Cross Gospel Choir sang during portions of the program. 

Learn more about the My Brother's Keeper initiative at this White House site

This MLK Day presentation at Holy Cross has been hosted by the parish's Men's Society for nearly 15 years. James Ellis, Donald Baker and Michael Palmer are the main contacts for this event.

Tags: Martin Luther King Day, My Brother's Keeper, Wendell Davis

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