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Khary Lazarre-White

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Born and raised in New York City, Khary is a social entrepreneur, novelist, educator, activist and attorney.

In 1995, at the age of 21, Khary co-founded The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis), a now nationally renowned, Harlem based, comprehensive youth development and educational organization that provides rites of passage programming, arts and enrichment based after school care, counseling, summer camps, job training, college preparation and scholarship, employment opportunities, community organizing training, legal representation, and month long international study programs to Africa, the Caribbean and South America. The organization provides direct service and political education to young people, trains educators across the nation on its model, and organizes to advance social change.

Over the last 25 years Khary has been recognized for his leadership in providing some of the most innovative and highly successful practices in the nation. His awards include the Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network Use Your Life Award, as well as from institutions that include Ford Foundation, Black Girls Rock, Andrew Goodman Foundation, Union Square Awards, Brown University, National Recreation Foundation’s Robert W. Crawford Achievement Prize, African American Literature Awards, National Guild for Community Arts Education, the national NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund/Shearman & Sterling Law Scholarship Award that supported his legal studies and a Resident Fellowship Award to the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center.

Khary has extensive experience as a speaker across the country and has widely on national media sites as well, including as a regular guest contributor on MSNBC, on CNN and many other media sites. Khary has edited three publications of Bro/Sis and contributed assorted curriculum workshops and pedagogical writings to these collections. He has written opinion pieces and essays for the Huffington Post, Nation Books, Essence Magazine, MSNBC’s thegrio.com and New York University Press. In 2018 New York University Press published his essay, “A New World,” in the collection A Crisis of Connection. In September of 2017 Seven Stories Press published his first novel, Passage, which is distributed by Penguin Random House. Reviewed widely, and named among “Best New Fiction” by The Wall Street Journal, the paperback edition was released in January of 2019.

 Khary serves on the Board of Trustees for the Community Service Society and also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the CUNY School for Public Health. Khary is a member of the Bar in the States of New Jersey and New York. Khary received his Bachelors in Arts in Africana Studies, with honors, from Brown University, and his Juris Doctorate from the Yale Law School where his focus was international human rights law and constitutional law.

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