Black History Month Spotlight: Bertha Lewis


Bertha Lewis

Bertha Lewis is the former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Organizer of ACORN, one of the largest social justice non-profits in America. Creating her own organization, The Black Institute back in 2010, she continues her activism in the black community today.

Lewis gears her organizations towards shaping the intellectual discourse and dialogue of colored people while impacting public policy uniquely from a Black perspective (a perspective which includes all people of color in the United States and throughout the Diaspora).

Her impact on black culture has been recognized by several black leaders and organizations across the New York area and beyond. Receiving the the Leon Bogues award for community and political activism, Lewis was also named one of the 100 Most Influential Women of New York in 2007 by Crain’s Magazine.

Most recently, Ms. Lewis was featured in Essence Magazine’s 2011 List of 28 Most Influential Black Women.

Photo Credit: Bertha Lewis