WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is unveiling an initiative today aimed at breaking down obstacles that disproportionately keep African-American men impoverished and behind bars.

Obama will call on businesses, philanthropists and government leaders to join forces to put more boys on a path toward successful lives.

Foundations have pledged at least $200 million over five years to promote Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, which also will focus on keeping young people in school.