About Tony Lewis Jr.: Tony Lewis Jr. is a community activist, ex-offender counselor, outreach worker, and advocate for children with incarcerated parents. He has dedicated his life to repairing the damage his father and other family members did to his beloved Nation’s Capital.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Lewis’s childhood was extravagant and out of the ordinary. He grew up having the best of everything and regularly took lavish vacations with his father, Tony Lewis Sr., the alleged partner of Rayful Edmond, one of the city’s most infamous drug dealers. Lewis graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1998 and attended the University of the District of Columbia where he received his Bachelors degree in Urban Studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Lewis has dedicated the last decade of his serving the underserved in the District of Columbia. He has primarily worked with the at-risk youth and ex-offender populations from a workforce development perspective. Lewis is an expert on many issues affecting the ex-offender population and his community efforts have been highlighted on Black Entertainment Television’s “American Gangster” series, the Washington Post, and various nationally syndicated radio shows. His uncanny ability to mobilize the city’s young, urban population was why he was awarded former Mayor Adrian Fenty’s “Warrior for Peace Award” in 2009.
In 2010, Lewis founded Sons of Life, an outreach organization that provides social and educational programming to children with incarcerated parents. Sons of Life works to keep inmates connected with their families by organizing bus trips to prisons, and toy and clothing drives. In November 2010, Sons of Life partnered with international recording artists, Wale, to give away more than 200 Thanksgiving dinners to families with incarcerated loved ones. Lewis partnered with JukeBox DC in late 2010 to produce and direct a short documentary entitled “Son of Life”. The film received the “Breakthrough Film Award” at the 2011 DMV International Film Festival.
Lewis continued his community activism in 2011 with a series of initiatives to uplift the people with whom he felt most connected, disenfranchised members of the Nation’s Capitol. He and his partners created “March for Peace”, a rally to promote nonviolence and solidarity amongst the diverse residents in his neighborhood. He also founded “Operation Nourishment” with Sons of Life and The Board Administration, feeding more than 350 homeless men living in a DC shelter. Lewis’ actions prompted his city to stand behind while he won the Steve Harvey Hoodie Award’s “Best Community Leader” in 2011.
Lewis is working to right the wrongs of his father, who has been serving a life sentence in federal prison for the last 22 years. His expertise in workforce development, conflict resolution and mediation, and community outreach is highly sought after and he is often asked to speak at town hall meetings and community forums.
Tony Lewis Jr. has transformed the connotations of his given name by helping to change the lives of the under-served and at-risk population. DC or NOTHING!