Femi Lewis is an educator and writer who has researched African-American history. Within African-American history, Femi is especially interested in slavery, abolitionism and the Harlem Renaissance.
Femi teaches African-American history and English literature to high school students in New York City. She has written curricula on various topics in African-American history including African-American History: Enslavement to Emancipation, African-American History: Reconstruction to Harlem Renaissance, African-American Women, Urban Literature and Hip-Hop Studies. Femi enhanced curricula on abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement through her participation in seminars such as National Endowment for the Humanities' "The Abolitionist Movement: Fighting Against Slavery and Racial Injustice from the American Revolution to the Civil War" and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's "The Civil Rights Movement." In addition to writing curricula and teaching, Femi has presented lectures on topics such as "Harlem Renaissance Poets: Creating An Authentic Voice," "African-American Women Writers" and "Hip-Hop Studies."
Femi's B.A. in English with a concentration on African-American Literature is from the City College of the City University of New York. She also hold a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from City College and a M.S. Ed in secondary education from St. John's University.
From Femi Lewis:
History is not about memorizing dates. It's about understanding different points of views concerning various events.
That's why I love African-American history. It's filled with beginnings. From the first African who decided that enslavement was not for him, abolitionism was born, to Claude McKay writing “If We Must Die” in response to the Red Summer of 1919 to Barak Obama becoming the first African-American to be elected president of the United States, African-American history consistently shows how a marginalized group used their voice to resist oppression and become valuable players in United States’ society.