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Baltimore, Reginald Lewis and Freddie Gray

Baltimore, Reginald Lewis and Freddie Gray

Chances are if you walk the streets of Baltimore and ask anyone under the age of 35 who Reginald Lewis was, many would offer a blank stare. But, Lewis was one of them — a street smart, athletic African American kid growing up in the economically forgotten neighborhood that Freddie Gray called home. Lewis however was one of the lucky ones. An outstanding student athlete, he attended Virginia State University and was later admitted into Harvard Law School. After graduating from Harvard, Lewis worked on Wall Street as a lawyer, later opening the first African American law firm on the Street. He negotiated financing deals for African American businesses who had been turned away from...