Noted Journalist Ida E. Lewis Establishes Boston University College of Communication Scholarship Fund

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September 13th, 2005

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(Boston) — Ida E. Lewis, the first black woman in the United States to publish a magazine, has established a scholarship fund at her alma mater, Boston University College of Communication (COM). The Ida E. Lewis Scholarship Fund will benefit minority students who wish to attend the College.

“We are pleased that Ida Lewis chose COM as the recipient of her scholarship fund,” said Dean John Schulz. “Ms. Lewis is an honored alumna, a role model for journalists, and a person who travels from New York City each week to teach her course here, year after year.” Lewis, who studied journalism at COM and graduated in 1956, is an adjunct professor in COM’s Department of Journalism and a recipient of a 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award. She is also a member of the Boston University Alumni Council and the COM Dean’s Executive Advisory Board.

Following her graduation from COM in 1956, Lewis worked as a financial writer for the New York Amsterdam News from 1957 to 1960. Between 1959 and 1961, she served as financial editor for The New York Age. In the late 1960s, Lewis lived in Paris and wrote for Life, L’Express, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other periodicals. She also interviewed African dignitaries in Paris for the BBC’s African service.

In 1971, Lewis became the first editor-in-chief of “Essence” magazine and later founded “Encore: American & Worldwide News,” where she worked as its publisher and editor-in-chief for 10 years. She became the first woman editor-in-chief of “Crisis,” the magazine of the NAACP, in 1998.

Among her many honors, Lewis received an award for excellence in journalism from the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, and the Woman of Distinction Award from Kingsborough College of the City University of New York.

Opened in 1947 as the School of Public Relations, Boston University College of Communication specializes in journalism, film and television, mass communication, advertising and public relations. Boston University, with more than 30,000 students enrolled in its 17 schools and colleges, is the nation’s fourth largest independent university.

Ida Lewis Speaks at Boston University
Ida Lewis Speaks at Boston University

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