Tony Lewis Jr.

Tony Lewis Jr. is a community leader, youth advocate, and work force development professional specializing in justice involved men and women. His memoir Slugg: A Boy’s Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration is a soulful meditation on the social and political forces that profoundly changed the course of his life, the outlook of his generation, and the prospects of generations to follow. His work and advocacy has been featured on CNN, BET, and in the Washington Post. He is the winner of the Steve Harvey/Ford Motor Company “Best Community Leader” award and the Presidential Call to Service award.

Books and Lesson Plans

  • Slugg: A Boy’s Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration

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    Slugg: A Boy's Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration is a blueprint for survival and a demonstration of the power of love, sacrifice, and service. The son of a Kingpin and the prince of a close-knit crime family, Tony Lewis Jr.'s life took a dramatic turn after his father's arrest in 1989. Washington D.C. stood as the murder capital of the country and Lewis was cast into the heart of the struggle, from a life of stability and riches to one of chaos and poverty. How does one make it in America, battling the breakdown of families, the plague of premature death and the hopelessness of being reviled, isolated, and forgotten? Tony Lewis' astonishing journey answers these questions and offers, for the first time, a close look at the familial residue of America's historic program of mass incarceration.

    Appropriate for grades 9 and up.

    Lesson plans for Slugg: A Boy's Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration are currently in development.

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