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A Blasian Couple for Asian American Heritage Month

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While surfing the net for Asian Pacific American heritage month I ran across this video that directed me to this website

I have never heard of Reginald. F. Lewis, the first African American billionaire, nor his wife, Loida Nicolas Lewis, who has continued her husband’s legacy after he died of cancer in 1993.

Mr. Lewis grew up in a middle class home in Baltimore, Maryland and went to Harvard Law School.  His first major business deal was the acquistion of McCall Pattern company, then later Beatrice International Foods renaming it TLC Beatrice International.  TLC became the first black owned company to have more than 1 million dollars in annual sales. 

Besides the businesses Lewis’ legacy includes the Richard F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture; a biography “Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun” which he was working on before his untimely death, and his two beautiful daughters.  There is also a Richard F. Lewis award which Sean Combs was the first recipient of.

Loida Lewis (center) with daughters Christina Lewis (L) and Leslie Lewis Sword (R)

Loida Lewis (center) with daughters Christina Lewis (L) and Leslie Lewis Sword (R)


Written by rentec

2 May, 2009 at 3:29 pm

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  1. I found out about Mr. Lewis back in the 80s when Beatrice Foods had all the cool Peter Pan peanutbutter commercials. Loida is a force to be reckoned with in her own right. The first Asian woman to pass a US Bar without having gone to law school in the US. She is a smart, fierce business woman and her daughters are sharp as well. Thanks for posting.


    5 May, 2009 at 12:25 am

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