GETTYArticle By Reginald Daniels:: EEW Magazine

America is hurting right now, particularly those within the African American community that feel like an injustice has been done in the case of Michael Brown.

Among the leaders speaking out at this critical period is award-winning gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin, 44.

The “I Smile” songwriter is addressing the Ferguson community on Twitter and admonishing leaders to mentor urban male youth to help turn things around.

“I was raised with no father, bad neighborhood, high school drop out, food stamps,” he said. “You know what saved me..? MENTORING.”

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