Stories are surfacing about the Prince that only a few close friends knew. In one that’s getting attention, the organization #YesWeCode is paying tribute to the music legend for his quiet generosity:
“#YesWeCode would like to honor Prince and thank him for his inspired vision for #YesWeCode. Prince’s commitment to ensuring young people of color have a voice in the tech sector continues to impact the lives of future visionaries creating the tech of tomorrow.”
The mission of #YesWeCode is to connect 100,000 urban youth to technology jobs. Prince’s friend and lawyer Van Jones spoke on HNL’s Dr. Drew Show about the musician’s passion for uplifting African-American young people, while shunning the spotlight:
The L.A. Times recently reported Jones’ recollection of this conversation with Prince in 2014, which led to the launch of #YesWeCode:
“After the Trayvon Martin verdict, I was talking to Prince and he said, ‘You know, every time people see a young Black man wearing a hoodie, they think, he’s a thug. But if they see a young white guy wearing a hoodie they think, oh, that might be Mark Zuckerberg. That might be a dot-com billionaire.’”
Jones blamed racism, but Prince responded that the Black community has failed to create tech entrepreneurs like the Facebook CEO.
Prince Helped Launch Tech Initiative For Urban Youth was originally published on newsone.com