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Who We Are

The Original Council of Elders (COE) is a group of 15 men who united because of their concerns for black male youth and their futures in our community.   All of the Elders have served as a father, uncle, mentor, coach or advocate for black youth and leaders in their communities. They created the book, “The Art of the Hustle: Lessons in Becoming a Man”. Each chapter provides words of wisdom related to life lessons from boys growing into manhood.

The Council of Elders evolved over a period of more than twenty years from the four founding members of Brothers Organized to Save Others (BOTSO): David "Bunny" Moore, Henry "Hank" Wall, Julius Clark, Sam Rhodes and Reggie Gaines and first additions John Wynn, Curtis Douglas, Patrick Faulkner and Milton Grady.  In 2005, the group incorporated and became MenTors, Inc., and in 2015 the group made its final metamorphosis to the Council of Elders.

Council of Elders

The Council of Elders


The Council of Elders have written a book; THE ART OF THE HUSTLE: LESSONS IN BECOMING A MAN that could be the first step in building a strong mentor/mentee relationship through meaningful dialogue.  Fifteen gentlemen share lessons about growing up as a Black youth in America.


Lessons In Becoming A Man

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