Khary Lazarre-White, Esq
Executive Director & Co-Founder, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Born and raised in New York City, Khary is a social entrepreneur, educator, non-profit executive, writer and attorney. Khary received his Bachelors in Arts, with honors, in Africana Studies from Brown University, and his Juris Doctorate from the Yale Law School where his focus was international human rights law and constitutional law.
In 1995, at the age of 21, Khary co-founded The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (BHSS), a now nationally renowned non-profit youth organization based in Harlem, New York. BHSS is 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. It recently was awarded two grants from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for being among the best programs in the nation serving young men “at risk” via a lens of positive health outcomes – decreasing teenage pregnancy, breaking cycles of poverty, increasing graduation rates and ensuring no members of BHSS are incarcerated. BHSS was recognized with one of 10 grants out of over 1,000 applicants from throughout the nation.
Over the last 19 years Khary has been recognized for his leadership in providing some of the most innovative and highly successful practices in the nation. He was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and awarded Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network Use Your Life Award. He has also received awards from: Ford Foundation, Brown University, Fund for the City of New York, Abyssinian Development Corporation, Union Square Awards, Oracle, Black Girls Rock, Community Works, Ruth Philanthropic Arts Foundation, New York Women’s Foundation, New York State Department of Education, Andrew Goodman Foundation, and others. Khary also was selected to receive the national NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund/Shearman & Sterling Law Scholarship Award that supported his legal studies.