UNM alum, Essence Mag founder to visit old school

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 9:40 a.m.



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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The founder of Essence and Latina magazines is scheduled to attend homecoming events at the University of New Mexico — his alma mater.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://goo.gl/a1Gt1i) that Ed Lewis is slated to speak Wednesday at The Pit and sign copies of his book, "The Man from Essence." The 74-year-old entrepreneur also is scheduled to take part in the "All Alumni Open House" on Thursday.

Lewis graduated from UNM in 1964 and was only one of five black students when he came to campus.

He arrived to UNM on a football scholarship but was cut from the team after his freshman year.

A 2005 book on leadership suggested that Lewis was cut because he wore dashikis and supported Malcolm X.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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