Activist & Author


Tony Lewis Jr. is a community leader, work force development specialist, re-entry expert, and champion for children with incarcerated parents. Mr.Lewis has fought relentlessly over the past 16 years to uplift and empower men, women, and children impacted by mass incarceration.  His work and advocacy has been featured on CNN, BET, Elite Daily, and in the Washington Post. He is the winner of many awards including the Steve Harvey/Ford Motor Company “Best Community Leader” award and the Presidential Call to Service award.


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Ebro In The Morning


"Slugg is truly an incredible work. It is so beautifully written, powerful, poignant. A must read for us all." 

Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Blood in the Water: the Attica Prison uprising of 1971



Tony Lewis, Jr. via The Atlantic



"A modern day hero, Tony Lewis Jr has all the tools to lead us to a better tomorrow. This book promotes qualities that are lost in too many of our men. Slugg is essentially the story of a whole generation"

Wale, Grammy Nominated Artist

    The Breakfast Club


“Tony’s story is one of incredible triumph against all odds after having his world crash down around him. He was thrust into poverty during one of the most desperate and horrific eras in the District of Columbia’s history, but he rejected his father’s life of crime and instead embraced community activism to improve his hometown and the lives of those around him.”

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)


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