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[New York]

The Black Institute’s (TBI) President, Bertha Lewis has been named in City & State’s annual list of the top 100 most influential and powerful political leaders in New York City.

As TBI President, Lewis has fought tirelessly for comprehensive immigration reform, a better educational system, economic equality, and environmental justice. As a distinguished leader and champion of social justice, Lewis has played an unrivaled role in advancing the interests of ordinary New Yorkers and shaping public policy at City Hall.

“Being recognized by City & State is a great honor, and I am humbled to make their list, but there is still much work to be done,” Bertha Lewis said. “Today, Black immigrants live in this City under a constant fear of being deported because our leaders have not taken the initiative to pass any reforms to protect them. Also, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers of color struggle to make ends meet, raise their families, and find employment, while services are being threatened and the rich continue to get richer. The problems our City faces are real and pressing, while some live affluently, the majority of New Yorkers struggle to get by. We must continue the fight for greater social justice so that one day we can live in a City where everyone has the same opportunities to achieve their dreams and aspirations.”

The mission of The Black Institute is to shape intellectual discourse and dialogue to impact public policy uniquely from a Black perspective (a perspective which includes all people of color in the United States and throughout the Diaspora).

The Black Institute (TBI) is an “Action Tank” – A think tank that takes action. 




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