Ben Jealous Encourages Hundreds of College Bound Bay Area Black Men to “Decide to Take on the Fight” at Graduation Event

Last night,  more than one hundred of the Bay Area’s college bound black men and their families heard words of praise and inspiration from Kapor Center for Social Impact Venture Partner and former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.  Jealous was the keynote speaker at the College Bound Brotherhood graduation ceremony at the Kaiser Center.

“We should not take for granted what these young men have achieved,” Jealous remarked to the packed auditorium.  He went on to explain that, while it they have accomplished so much on their own, they have a responsibility to each other and their communities.  “You will do greater things if you are good brothers to each other.  The chant was never I shall overcome.  It is we shall overcome.”

In his remarks, Jealous also told the students about his inspiration to fight for justice and urged them to find their inspiration. “Before you head to college this fall, I urge you to figure out what you will fight for, what you stand for and what you represent.”

College Bound Brotherhood is an initiative of the Kapor Center for Social Impact, the College Access Foundation of California, and the Marcus Foster Education Fund that have a mission to increase the college readiness, access, persistence, and completion of African American young men from the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Tonight we celebrate the steps these young men have taken on the path to empowerment,” noted Cedric Brown, Managing Partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact and co-founder of the College Bound Brotherhood with Freada Kapor Klein.

The graduates will be attending colleges and universities across the county including Yale, Tougaloo College, Cornell, UC Berkley, Franklin and Marshall, San Francisco State, and Clark Atlanta University, among others.  Attending graduates received a $100 book stipend.

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