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What Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Learned from Teenager Martell Cowan

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaking at a Brookings event, February 27, 2014. (photo by Ralph Alswang)

On February 27, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings hosted a conversation with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. You can get full audio, video and video clips here. During the conversation, Mayor Emanuel told a moving story about a young man he met at a basketball clinic sponsored by the city. Watch below: 

"These are good kids," the mayor said. "Invest in them. Give them a shot."

The young man, Martell Cowan, then-16, spoke about the meeting to NBC 5 Chicago after it happened.

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