Edward S. Lewis applied for admission to the Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Political Economy in 1937. A Baltimore native, Lewis was more than qualified to study at the university, having already earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. He had also nearly completed a second degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
Despite this strong academic background, however, Lewis was ultimately denied admission to the university. The history of the fight over his admission, and the work of Dr. Broadus Mitchell, the only JHU faculty member to champion his case, is told in this biography.
Lewis was active in a number of Civil Rights organizations in the city of Baltimore, including the Baltimore Urban League and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People throughout the 1930s and 1940s. He ultimately went on to earn a third degree from another institution and remained a leading voice for anti-segregation and Civil Rights in Baltimore and New York City.
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