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  Name:   Khary Lazarre-White
Month: May 2004
Schools: Brown, B.A., 1995
Yale, J.D., 2004
Organization: The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Title: Co-Founder/Director

In 1995, along with a childhood friend, Khary co-founded The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a youth organization based in Harlem, New York. Today The Brotherhood/Sister Sol services over 150 Black and Latino youth each week, employing a full time staff of ten that provides support and guidance to its members who range in age from six years old through twenty-one. The organization has a budget of nearly $800,000 and provides intensive services that range from rites of passage programs to after-school care; from wilderness retreats to summer camps; from job training and work opportunities to legal representation; from home and school counseling to activist training; from college guidance to writing workshops. The Brotherhood/Sister Sol bases its work on the ideology that youth need sustained support in their lives over many years, and that due to the conditions they face in their communities and schools, these youth are in need of additional educational support. For his work with The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, Khary, along with his fellow directors, has received numerous awards, including the Community Works' Long Walk to Freedom Award for a New Generation of Civil Rights Activists, the Fund for the City of New York's Union Square Award for Grassroots Organizing, the Brown University Alumni Association's inaugural John Hope Young Alumni Public Service Award, and the Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network Use Your Life Award.

Born and raised in New York City, Khary received his B.A. from Brown University in 1995 with honors in Africana Studies. While at Brown, Khary served as Co-Chair of the Black Student Union for two years and was appointed by the President of the University to the Campus Ad-Hoc Committee on Police and Guns. While at Brown, Khary spent an intensive semester at The University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica researching Marcus Garvey and other Caribbean born political thinkers and writers. Khary also assisted the late Columbia University Law School Professor Kellis Parker with his research on the laws and cultural history of slavery and of enslaved people in America. Khary is presently pursuing his law degree at the Yale Law School and is a NAACP Legal Defense Fund/Shearman & Sterling Legal Scholar.

Contact Information:
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, Inc.
512 west 143rd Street
New York, NY 10031
212.283.7044 (phone)
212.283.3700 (fax)



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