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Lewis E. Dodley

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Motivational Speaker
Youth Advocate

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink, Purple
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Build Children Than Fix Adults. A Warrior Doesn't Build A Shield On The Battlefield.

Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1940
Birth Location:
Columbus, Ohio

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Motivational Speaker
Youth Advocate

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink, Purple
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Build Children Than Fix Adults. A Warrior Doesn't Build A Shield On The Battlefield.

Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1940
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

Youth Advocate and Motivational Speaker Lewis E. Dodley was born on December 25, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from East High School in Columbus and went on to attend Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Dodley has received extensive training to become a Violence Prevention Certification Specialist and a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDCIII). He is also a Certified Afrocentric National Rites of Passage Elder and Trainer.

Dodley joined Ohio’s Department of Youth Services in 1960 as a staff development trainer. Ten years later, he also began serving as director of family services for Rosemont Family Center. Dodley received his Ph.D. degree in psychology and guidance counseling from the Ohio State University in 1981. Since 1984, he has served as a trainer and consultant for Youth to Youth International, a drug and violence prevention organization. In 1987, Dodley became a project director and consultant for Salesian Boys Club. He organized the Simba Circle in 1993, a two-week male rites of passage program for African American youth, and heads the Outward Bound Program for the Simba Circle. Also in 1993, Dodley became a consultant for the Columbus Public Schools. From 2004 to 2011, he held the position of drug prevention coordinator for the Columbus Health Department. Dodley serves as a licensed counselor for the Federal TRIO Programs’ Upward Bound Program and a senior consultant for the Harambee Leadership Academy, Inc. He has over twenty years’ experience in criminal justice, children’s services, violence prevention, therapeutic intervention and drug prevention. With his expertise, Dodley is a sought-after speaker around the country including presenting at the Ohio Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel OAEOPP Student Leadership and Professional Conference and the S.A.V.E. (Stand Against a Violent Environment) Rapid City Youth Conference.

Dodley has been recognized for his commitment to youth issues and violence prevention including receiving the Community Against Violence and Abuse Award in 2005. He also has been recognized by the Columbus Urban League. Dodley was a member of the Raising the African-American Potential (RAAP) Leadership Committee in 2006. He has four adult children, Lewis, Traci, Mark and Kimberly.

Lewis E. Dodley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 6, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lewis E. Dodley describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about the Flytown section of Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lewis E. Dodley describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about his father's upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about his father's employment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lewis E. Dodley describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lewis E. Dodley remembers his father's return from World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lewis E. Dodley lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lewis E. Dodley remembers a childhood friend
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lewis E. Dodley describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lewis E. Dodley remembers the black businesses in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about his childhood activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lewis E. Dodley remembers Douglas Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about his family members' alcoholism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lewis E. Dodley remembers his activities at East High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lewis E. Dodley recalls his recruitment to Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about the schools near Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lewis E. Dodley remembers marrying his first wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about his relationship with his first wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about his work experiences after leaving Otterbein College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lewis E. Dodley remembers enrolling at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lewis E. Dodley remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about the black male leaders in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about the black female leaders in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about his influences at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about joining an all-white fraternity at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about his research for his master's degree
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lewis E. Dodley remembers working with Youth to Youth International
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about youth drug prevention programs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lewis E. Dodley remembers working at the Ohio Department of Youth Services
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about developing rites of passage for black youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about the Afrocentric movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lewis E. Dodley remembers the influential black psychologists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lewis E. Dodley describes his rites of passage program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about the rituals in his rites of passage program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about the SIMBA Circle summer camp
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lewis E. Dodley describes the SIMBA Circle's crossover ceremony
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about the mask making ceremony at SIMBA Circle
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lewis E. Dodley describes the final ceremony at SIMBA Circle
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lewis E. Dodley describes the teaching philosophy of SIMBA Circle
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about his rites of passage program for former prison inmates
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about the value of Afrocentric principles
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Lewis E. Dodley reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Lewis E. Dodley reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about the Safe in My Sister's Arms Circle (SISMA Circle)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about the funding for the SIMBA Circle
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about working with youth from different cities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Lewis E. Dodley describes his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Lewis E. Dodley talks about his grandchildren
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Lewis E. Dodley describes his love of fishing
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Lewis E. Dodley describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Lewis E. Dodley narrates his photographs