Her grandfather was expelled from school for asking why his textbooks had no black people. Today she teaches at Harvard.
Lewis teaches art history and African American studies at Harvard. She was the driving force behind “Vision and Justice,” a two-day convening focused on race and visibility sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute. The event, which coincided with a career-spanning Gordon Parks exhibition at Harvard’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery (through July 19), will likely be remembered as a defining moment in the university’s history.