Brother Ali wants dropouts back in school [VIDEO]

Brother Ali wants you to crack the books
Brother Ali wants you to crack the books

How do you persuade kids who've dropped off the Minneapolis school district's radar to get back to class? Enlist the help of a Rhymesayers hip-hopper they're probably listening to on their iPods instead of answering the school bell.

Brother Ali cut this spot for "We Want You Back," a program that kicks off this weekend to recruit volunteers who will track down 200 out of an estimated 2,000 dropouts and urge them to return to class.

"I wish that I had taken a little more time to make sure that I finished," he says.

This is a guy with cred when it comes to inspiration. Just this morning, Public Enemy gave him props in a new video, alongside Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. to Queen Latifah, Rage Against the Machine and Michael Franti.

Learn more about "We Want You Back" here.

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