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Durham County Hires My Brother’s Keeper Coordinator

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Durham, NCDurham County Manager Wendell M. Davis has announced that Edmund P. Lewis has been named Durham County’s My Brother’s Keeper Coordinator. He will be the liaison to internal and external agencies, special interest groups and organizations serving youth, particularly young men and boys of color.

In announcing the appointment, County Manager Davis said, “I’m delighted that Durham County was so fortunate to have Edmund join our team as Coordinator for the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Edmund is well versed in the challenges facing young Boys and Men of Color and is responsible for designing cutting edge strategies in the City of Detroit aimed at changing life outcomes. His work has been recognized by former President Barack Obama as well as the national My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA).  I look forward to Edmund working with our key stakeholders to develop a strong community model aimed at changing life outcomes for Boys & Men of Color in Durham.”

From 2012 until his appointment, he was founder of Minority Males for Higher Education in Detroit Michigan where his work included increasing college access and career exploration opportunities for African American and Latino males. He also heads EPL Advising & Consulting, LLC which provides consulting services to corporate, nonprofit, philanthropic and government sectors to offer support to social change leaders and groups through research and place based strategies.

The Detroit native is a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham where he received a BA in Social Work in 2008. Lewis received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2009. He also completed course work for Nonprofit Senior Executives from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Executive Education in March 2017.

Lewis begins his new role with the county on Monday, August 14th.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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