Alma Lewis, ’43

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Roxbury native Elma Lewis was a member of the Emerson College class of 1943. A tireless advocate for civil rights and the self empowerment of black people, Elma Lewis is revered for founding the Elma Lewis School for the Performing arts in1950. Elma Lewis was bestowed the Presidential Medal for the Arts by President Ronald Regan in 1983 and declared a living legend in 1988 at the inaugural National Black Arts Conference. Elma Lewis passed away at age 82 in 2004. Elma Lewis is a prominent member of the Emerson College Family. Emerson College: Bringing innovation to communication and the arts. Information on degree programs is available online at


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