The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Key Topics: Non-profit Leadership, Youth leadership development, Rites of passage, Fair policing, Community development, Strategic development, Fundraising.
Bio: Khary is a social entrepreneur, educator, non-profit executive, writer and attorney. In 1995, he co-founded The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a comprehensive youth development and educational organization that provides rites of passage programming, 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 and Latin America. BHSS is locally based with a national reach as BHSS publishes assorted curricula and collections of its members’ writings; trains educators from throughout the nation on its approach; and advise on educational policy across the country and New York City.
Khary has been recognized with an array of awards including from Oprah Winfrey, Ford Foundation, New York State’s Department of Education, Black Girls Rock, Brown University, Union Square Awards for Grassroots Organizing, and was a NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund/Shearman and Sterling Scholar. Khary has written and spoken extensively throughout the nation regarding his work. He has garnered an array of media coverage for his work, including appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has been a regular guest on MSNBC on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, All In with Chris Hayes, and NewsNation with Tamron Hall; as well as appearing on CNN, NBC Nightly News.Com, Washington Watch with Roland Martin, The Tavis Smiley Show, Good Day New York, ABC, NY 1, and many others. He has been featured in publications that include The New York Times, The Chronicle for Higher Education, The Amsterdam News, Essence Magazine, The Daily News, The New York Post, Ebony Magazine, and Canada’s Herizons Magazine.
Khary was appointed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the Advisory Board of NYC’s Young Men’s Initiative; serves on the Board of Advisors for the Heinz Endowment’s Black Male Initiative; and on the National Board of Advisors for Susan L. Taylor’s National CARES Mentoring Movement. Khary received his Bachelors in Arts, with honors, from Brown University and his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School where his focus was on constitutional, criminal and international human rights law.
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