Marcus Rashford spoke with former US President Barack Obama to discuss the power young people can have to change society.
Manchester United and England striker Rashford virtually met the 44th President of the United States in a Zoom chat hosted by Penguin Books.
Their discussion focused on the importance of giving back to your local community and the positive impact of reading, as well as other themes from the memoir of former president, A Promised Land. They also spoke about some of their shared experiences, including being raised by single mothers.
Rashford, 23, last year led a leading campaign to tackle child food poverty in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic. This has enabled 1.7 million vulnerable children to be supported by a £ 520 million government program and other projects have helped provide 130 million meals. He also started a food education and cooking project for children, “Full Time Meals”.
Obama said, “A lot of the young people I meet – including Marcus – are ahead of who I was when I was 23. They are already making changes and are positive forces in their communities. “
The conversation, which was moderated by broadcaster and author June Sarpong, will be posted in full on Penguin UK’s YouTube channel at 2 p.m. Friday.
Rashford said: “It’s pretty surreal, isn’t it? I am sitting in my kitchen in Manchester, talking to President Obama. But, immediately, he put me at ease.
“It wasn’t long before I realized how much our experiences as children were aligned with the training of the men you see today – adversity, obstacles and everything. I really enjoyed every minute of it. When President Obama speaks, all you want to do is listen.