Christina Lewis, founder and president of All Star Code, created her non-profit to teach computer science and coding skills to young men of color. Working as a journalist for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, Lewis saw up-close the lack of diversity in the start-up world and a dearth of opportunities on the local level, or in public schools, to give black and brown boys the tech skills they’d need to excel in the thriving and lucrative world of engineering.
Here, Lewis talks to Spark’s Tyrone Ross, CEO of Onramp Invest, about All Star code, the domino effect of George Floyd’s death toward pushing white Americans to recognize their privilege and entitlement, and her hopes for the future under a brand-new presidential administration that has already recognized white supremacy as a social ill.
Lewis also talks to Ross about Give Blck, a platform she co-founded to raise visibility for Black-founded nonprofits, as well as the new Audbile release of her late father Reginald F. Lewis’ best-selling book “Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?” Mr. Lewis, who died when Christina was 12, was the first African American to build a billion-dollar company, serving as CEO and leader of the global food company TLC Beatrice International.
Watch as Christina and Tyrone discuss her work and her father’s influence on both of their lives.