Marcus Rashford met Barack Obama and they discussed being raised by single mothers and making change

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Photo credit: Penguin Random House
Photo credit: Penguin Random House

Footballer and campaigner Marcus Rashford met former US President Barack Obama over Zoom as the pair discussed making change and shared experiences, such as being raised by single mothers and having a love for reading.

Marcus made headlines last year as he campaigned to get children free meals while out of the classroom, with his #endchildfoodpoverty campaign.

He has since set up a food distribution and education project to continue his work and has now received a number of awards and accolades, including an MBE.

Marcus described talking to the former President from his kitchen in Manchester as “surreal” but said that Barack Obama made him “feel at ease.”

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“It wasn't long before I realised just how aligned our experiences as children were in shaping the men you see today - adversity, obstacles and all. I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it. When President Obama speaks, all you want to do is listen,” he said.

During the call, Barack Obama said that, “even if you do something positive on a small scale, that’s making a difference, and it’s the accumulation of people doing positive things over time that makes us a little bit better with each successive generation.”

The former President added that, “a lot of the young people I meet—including Marcus—they’re ahead of where I was when I was 23. They’re already making changes and being positive forces in their communities.”

The conversation will be live watch at 2pm today (28 May) on YouTube and to listen to as a podcast at the same time.

The call was organised by Penguin Books and covers themes from Barack Obama’s new memoir A Promised Land.

You can find out more about Marcus Rashford’s Food Poverty project and how to access vouchers on the website.

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