Charles is a seasoned public servant with a background in law who also possesses extensive leadership experience in community mobilization and civic activism through his E.D.G.E. movement. A native New Yorker, he has always relished the rich fabric of his hometown and held an undying passion for his people.
Charles F. Coleman, Jr. is a man of diverse background and tremendous talent. Attorney, writer, community leader, public orator, mentor, and friend are just a few words that can be usedto describe this dynamic brother.
What's his story?
Charles was born in Queens but spent his time between his St. Albans residence and the Bedford-Stuyvesant/Ft. Greene area of Brooklyn where he did everything else. He attended St. Marks Lutheran for grade school before leaving for a college prepatory education in Westchester at the Hackley School. He then attended Howard University in Washington, DC. While at Howard, Charles was an active part of campus life, and held various leadership positions on campus, most notably serving as student trustee on the Board of Trustees, both as an undergraduate student as well as during his final year of law school. He is only the second student ever to have held both the undergraduate and graduate student trustee posts in the history of the university.
In 2001, Charles graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and then returned to earn his Juris Doctorate in 2004. Charles is admitted to the New York State Bar, and has worked as a prosecutor in Brooklyn at the Kings County District Attorney's Office. In 2007, Charles was honored with the 2007 Law Enforcement Award for exceptional leadership and service. He has since left the DA's office but continues to serve, working as a civil rights litigator fighting against discrimination in the workplace as a trial attorney with the EEOC.
Coleman remains an active contributor to his field and is a member of the New York State Bar and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.
The E.D.G.E. Movement
While working at the DA's office, Coleman noticed that he was faced with prosecuting a disproportionate number of young people for very serious crimes. He soon discovered that many of these young people lacked direction and strong support systems, so he established E.D.G.E., which is an acronym for Empowering Determination Growth and Education.
In 2008, Charles instituted the E.D.G.E. Movement which is designed to inspire and encourage the next generation of leaders and shed light on the need for more positive examples of manhood for young men while galvanizing the community towards action. The ABCD+E mentoring program that Coleman established in collaboration with the Epsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was birthed out of his E.D.G.E. Movement. The program was a success and Coleman was awarded the 2008-09 Omega Man of the Year Award and the Basileus Award for his tireless efforts and superior service.
Throughout the years, Charles has remained engaged in civic activism. In 2009, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz appointed Charles as a member of New York City's Community Board 3, which covers Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and portions of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He also remains connected to his Queens roots as a coach with the Jamaica-based youth basketball program, Hollis Biddies: I Love Our Youth, of which he is also an alumnus. Charles is also a proud and active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He has attended the Concord Church of Christ in Brooklyn for over two decades and credits his faith in God, along with support from family and friends as the tools that have propelled him this far.