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Statement from the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions

** Please note that there will be a memorial held in honor of Eddie Ellis on the evening of Friday, September 12, 2014 at the New York Ethical Society.  For more information or to receive future notice of the evening, please email us at

“As for me, I start from the proposition that no matter how bad things get, they can improve. The question is: How soon and to what extent? My job is to develop the next generation of leaders, who will make tomorrow better than today for the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated, and everyone connected to that community of human beings.”
– Eddie Ellis

It is with profound sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our beloved leader and warrior, Edwin “Eddie” Ellis. For the past year, Eddie battled with a series of health challenges. On the morning of July 24, 2014, Eddie transitioned from this earth in his home.

We are heartbroken and saddened beyond measure, but more emboldened than ever by the unparalleled legacy and mandate that Eddie left for us to carry forth and grow.

Eddie was and will remain one of the greatest minds and souls that ever lived.

He was a fierce warrior who was uncompromising in principle and discipline.
He was an exacting teacher who imparted excellence and critical analysis through unrelenting patience, instruction and dialogic pedagogy.
He was a fearless leader who demonstrated integrity, intellect, and “eternal optimism” despite adversity.

But most importantly of all, Eddie was a stalwart champion who fought not only to give voice to the voiceless, but to power the movement with premier leadership from men and women who are formerly incarcerated.

And this unwavering ambition is what gave rise to the creation of our organization, the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions and the radio show on WBAI, On The Count.

Last year, we announced the development of the Eddie Ellis Academy for Human Justice. Eddie was thrilled about the plan, and we are honored to build it. The planned Academy is an effort to embed Eddie’s vision of growing and sustaining leadership inter-generationally.

We invite you to join us in carrying forth Eddie’s mission in shifting the justice paradigm from one of criminal justice to Human Justice. To read more about the Academy, visit Eddie Ellis Academy for Human Justice.

We are more determined than ever to not only build a future beyond prisons, but one that is also founded on the principle of Human Justice.

And in the words of Eddie, “don’t give in, don’t give out and don’t give up. Stand tall in spite of it all and stay, On The Count!”

To read Eddie’s bio, please visit

For information on the Center for NuLeadership, please contact us at or 718-484-5879.

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