Atlanta Forward: Leadership

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Today's moderator: Rick Badie

Rick Badie joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an education reporter in 1997. A South Georgia native, he's covered the region's immigrant communities, was a feature obituary writer and opinion columnist for the AJC's Gwinnett edition.

Today, we revisit President Barack Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, his proposal to build pathways of opportunity for at-risk boys and young men of color. I interview the founder of an Atlanta nonprofit  that, among other programs, offers a free 12-week session called the Male Priority Initiative. Moreover, a freelance writer and father challenges individuals and society  to negate the need for the president's initiative. Finally, a Georgia State University doctoral student  writes about becoming a father while a teen.

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