Brian's Story Begins In The Streets of New York City...
As a child of a single parent household, Dr. Long began his affiliation with a local street gang and became fully immersed in the gang culture by the age of 15. The relocation of Brian's family to North Carolina did not break his connection to gangs. Despite the fact that Brian was doing well in school, his escalating gang activity found him facing five counts of armed robbery by age 17. It was not until he was faced with serving 35 years in prison that Brian made a decision that would change the rest of his life. Through prayer and divine intervention, Brian was sentenced to only three years and nine months in prison.
While incarcerated, Brian began guiding and assisting others while carving out a new life for himself. His faith and strong support systems made it possible for Brian to transition onto a journey that would lead him to founding “M.A.D. Expressions", an organization focused on helping at-risk youth stay off the streets through involvement in artistic expression. Shortly after his release from prison, Brian's "Dallas Herring" story began at Mitchell Community College (MCC).
In 2010, Governor Perdue presented Brian with "The "Dallas Herring Achievement Award" for his service to the community and academic achievements. While enrolled at Mitchell Community College (MCC), Brian became very involved with the college's Minority Male Mentoring Initiative, and The Boys & Girls Club. Brian also served as a Youth Incentive Program Coordinator, and a Gang Intervention/Prevention Specialist. Brian graduated from MCC with an Associate’s degree in Human Services, and went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Gardner-Webb University, and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Brian is currently pursuing a PhD in Human Services, specializing in Criminal Justice from Walden University, and he has been awared an honorary Doctorate in Christian Counseling from Metropolitan Christian University.
Transformation Ministries International
In 2011, Brian created Transformation Ministries International (TMI). TMI unites ministries to serve the needs of single parent families, youth, and those incarcerated.
Set Free and Making A Difference
Brian’s mission to be a motivation to others has led him on a lifelong journey of mentorship through providing conflict resolution workshops, life skills classes, and directional conferences. Inspired by his ability to overcome life’s challenges, Brian is able to share his message of hope for youth, offenders and those looking to be inspired through his story of transformation. In 2009, he published his first book, “Set Free & Making a Difference for Tomorrow".
Brian was selected as a one of the 2015 "40 Leaders Under 40" by the Triad Business Journal. Brian is one of 40 young professionals selected from hundreds of nominations. This award is bestowed upon extraordinary young professionals in the Piedmont Triad Community who deserve to be honored for their business and civic accomplishments. These Triad leaders were celebrated during an awards ceremony on February 19, 2015 at the University of North Carolina At Greensboro.
"At The Table" is a daily devotional dedicated to uplifting, motivating, and inspiring people to press beyond their circumstances and take hold of their dreams. "At The Table" was released on April 21, 2015.