LEWIS, JESSE J., 1925-


Businessman, reporter, college president. Born– January 3, 1925, Tuscaloosa. Married– Helen Merriweather. Children– Two. Education– Withdrew from high school to join the army, then worked for B.F. Goodrich Company while completing high school and Booker T. Washington Business College in Birmingham; Miles College, B.S., 1955; Troy State University, M.A., Ed.S.; Atlanta University, Ed.D. Founded Jesse J. Lewis and Associates, the oldest black owned advertising and public relations firm in America. Reporter for the Birmingham World and the Birmingham Mirror;  founder and president, Birmingham Times newspaper, 1963-1974; director, Office of Highway Safety in the administration of Governor George C. Wallace, 1974-1978; president, Lawson State Community College, Birmingham, 1978-87. Member– Law Enforcement Planning Agency; Birmingham Urban League. Citation for outstanding service to the governor of Alabama, 1975; citation for outstanding academic excellence from Miles College, 1975.


Jacket of Survival of a Race; Who’s Who in Black America, 1980.


Survival of a Race; a Piece of the Rock. S.l.; s.n., 1986.