Charles F. Coleman Jr. is a seasoned civil rights attorney and legal analyst. He has quickly emerged as one of one of strongest thought leaders and modern voices in today's conversation on race, law, culture, politics, social justice, and civil rights. Charles began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Kings County (Brooklyn, NY) District Attorney’s Office. While there, he excelled expediently and was hand-picked to join the Specialized Gangs Unit, where he prosecuted several of the city’s most dangerous high-profile criminals.
As a former Brooklyn, NY prosecutor turned civil litigator, Charles has a litany of experience in the courtroom. His trial acumen is matched only by his leadership abilities, in which he displays his community mobilization and civic activism efforts.
Since leaving the DA’s office, Charles has transitioned to the arena of civil rights, focusing primarily on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, while helping to advance the conversation on race and culture. He also supports private businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies in their efforts to further the interest of diversity while creating more inclusive and culturally competent workspaces. Charles encourages companies to view diversity as a strategy for sustainable recruitment and retention of top talent, the optimization of productivity, and a bridge to greater conversation for better understanding between us all.
In keeping with his focus on civil rights, Charles has also leveraged his career experience, as a voice to speak out in addressing issues related to social justice. Because of his unique perspective as a former prosecutor, Charles is capable of Informing everyday viewers and listeners about criminal justice matters in a simple and straightforward fashion. His expert legal analysis and commentary mixes a direct style with humor and honesty.
This has earned him regular television appearances on CNN, MSNBC, arise News, amongst a host of networks. He has also remitted on camera work, as a legal commentator and analyst for Fox 5 News (NY), Huffington Post Live, Hot 97 FM (WQHT-NY, 97.1fm) and a legion of syndicated media from television to radio and web outlets. His insights and positions on race and civil rights have been quoted on yahoo.com, HLN, MSNBC, New York magazine, on being a black Lawyer, and a host of other national and local NY-media outlets. Additionally, Charles is a frequent contributor to sites like theroot.com, ebony.com, Huffington Post Black Voices, the Grio, and This Week In Blackness! (TWIB!), and the Atlanta Blackstar where his opinion pieces capture new perspectives in examining issues Facing communities of color and suggest solutions that are innovative yet pragmatic While also being firmly rooted in the law. Charles’ point of view is a unique perspective and adds life to any discussion on race and culture in America and abroad.
CFC40 is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to support existing groups and organizers in the work they are already doing in communities of color across America. CFC40's theory of change is that anyone can have an impact in community if they just decide to lead where they are. By modeling this change theory, it is the goal of CFC40 to inspire and to engage a new wave leaders to do more where we can, believing that we already have the power and the resources we need to collectively engineer solutions to the issues that we face.