Magic Johnson gets emotional at education program launch in Chicago

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Former NBA  star Magic Johnson and rapper-actor Common have teamed up to tackle the drop-out problem in Chicago and other cities.

Their program launched in Chicago today at the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy.

Magic Johnson isn’t from Chicago and yet he has invested in it’s neighborhoods and it’s people.

Hip-hop artist, author, actor and Chicago native Common joins Magic in this endeavor.  Both know the importance of giving back.  They’re helping get the word out about at-risk students and Chicago’s high dropout rate. The alternative school works closely with CPS to identify students in need.

There are 150 students at MJBA in the Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago’s west side.  And there’s a waiting list.

Tasha young was out of school for three years before enrolling in the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy. She couldn’t focus in a traditional high school.  There were too many distractions.  She’s also the mother of a 1-year-old and needs a flexible schedule.  The program at this alternative school was a fit for her.

The first class from the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy graduates in the spring.


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