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In conjunction with the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, Common surprised the youth choir Greater Zion Church in Compton, California, during a performance by the choir of “Glory,” the song he co-wrote and performed for Selma.

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“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have a dream … My Brother’s Keeper makes me think I am reaching for you, young man. This program specifically is there to provide them with a basic quality of life that every young man deserves,” Common said.

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“These kids aren’t going to be perfect, but if we give them a … dream to pursue, and mentor them, we will make their world better. [And] they in return will make the world better.”

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Common is working with black youth in order to show them that they are #MoreThan the stereotypes that box them in.