Michael J. Brown
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The 100 has also been an advocate for the improvement of education conditions in communities that affect the youth we serve. We have added our voice to the growing chorus for national learning standards for K-12 students, known as “Common Core” so our mentees can receive the best education possible to meet their full potential. During our upcoming 28th Annual Conference, we will feature education under the theme: “Education in an Era of Change: Ensuring Excellence for African American Youth”.

The 100 applauds President Barack Obama’s recent launch of the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which will serve as a catalyst to generate greater public-private collaborations, much like our long standing one with Walmart at the National and local levels. We welcome these collaborations in addressing the plight of boys of color and look forward to our continued work with the administration on this critical issue. 






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FELLAS ONLINE  Summer is here. We are excited about our online & Anniversary print Issue out this June. President Barack Obama's Initiative "My Brother's Keeper" is our focus of this special issue. 

This June FELLAS will offer a number of events and promotions starting with its annual Blood Drive with the Blood Center of Wisconsin. The blood donated will be provided to children with Sickle Cell  anemia.  

McDonald's for the second year will offer a "Man Up" Meal Deal for the entire month to celebrate our "Man Up" promotion.

We will also celebrate fathers on Father's Day with a free breakfast for dads with a buy one get one free offer. 
Look for our Legacy Golf Classic in July and our Man Up 5k Wellness Walk in August. A full summer of information and activities.  God Bless.
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"I made bad choices," Obama admitted. "I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didn't always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short."

The president also announced that he was naming a task force to examine how government policies impact boys of color. Colin Powell, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NBA hall-of-famer Magic Johnson, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver were in attendance.

According to the White House, the panel will also work across the federal government to assess the impact of federal policies on boys of color, create an online portal of programs that have a proven record of success, and recommend ways the White House can continue to partner with the private sector on outreach efforts. The effort will be chaired by Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson.

Still, Obama stressed the role that parents and neighbors had in helping young men of color navigate the world. "We can reform our criminal justice system to make sure it's not infected with bias, but nothing keeps a young man out of trouble like a father who takes an active role in his son's life," Obama said. Obama stressed that "My Brother's Keeper is not some big new government program."

“We address it explicitly all the time. … Talking about the importance of men taking responsibility for their children. Talking about the importance of young people delaying gratification. Talking about the importance of when it comes to child rearing, paying child support, spending time with your kids, reading with them. So, whether it’s getting publicity or not is a whole different question,” Obama said. Read more.

President Obama announced a $200 million philanthropic commitment to catapult the lives of young men of color. The program, dubbed "My Brother's Keeper," will look to coordinate businesses and government "to give more young Americans the support they need to make good choices and to be resilient and to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams, the president said.

Obama empathized with black and Hispanic men who believed they were facing impossible odds and were angered by absentee parents and harsh consequences. cont...below
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Being an educator and parent has been a mutual compliment to both roles. I would absolutely say, without hesitation, that being an educator has made me a stronger and better father. I have applied Matthew 16:26 to my journey and modified it to fit my parenting; "For what will it profit a man if he gains (save) the whole world and forfeits his (own children) soul?" 

On November 20th, 2013, Michael was attached to a dialysis machine. Three times a week it pulled waste from his body that his failed kidneys no longer could. In 2007, his diabetes led to End Stage Renal Disease, landing him on a donor list. He was prepared to be on dialysis permanently and never receive a kidney. But he kept faith that it would happen.
“A son learns how to be a man by watching the behavior of his father. A father shows a son how to treat a future wife, and future children by what he models in front of his son,” Brown added. “The absence of a father leads to lack of direction, affirmation and confidence in a son. A lost son will find it difficult to raise a healthy family.”  
The need for change is critical in order to save us from destroying ourselves with our anger and violence. If we don’t do anything to stem the violence, then African Americans will continue to be the victims. Currently, we are the victims of nearly half the homicide in the U.S., while we represent only 13% of the population.
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"If today’s boys become tomorrow’s men, prioritizing healthy choices, and behaviors that reduce violence, substance abuse, and sexual risk taking must be reinforced. 
Contrary to popular belief, growing up in the inner city was not all that rough, scary, or complicated. No run-ins with the law, no shoot outs, and no royal rumble style fights that left multiple people injured in the streets. 
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