PBPRS mourns the passing of legendary journalist Claude Lewis, passed away Thursday morning from complications of diabetes. He was 82.
Lewis, born in New York, worked as an editor and reporter for several newspapers and magazines, including the Bulletin, Newsweek Magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He later taught at Villanova University.
In 1973, Lewis, along with late Philadelphia journalists Chuck Stone and Acel Moore, founded the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. Two years later, Lewis, along with Weaver and others contributed to the formation of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society sends our condolences to the Lewis family and his journalism and public relations colleagues.
"It is important that we follow the blueprint Claude Lewis left us and be sure to open doors and advocate for others as he did," says PBPRS President Monica Peters.
Lewis is survived by his wife, Beverly; four children; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for a later date. Read statement from NABJ