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Rev. Dr. Lewis Anthony
Rev. Dr. Lewis Anthony
The Reverend Lewis M. Anthony is a native of Washington, DC and a graduate of Anacostia Senior High School as well as Columbia and Harvard universities. As a veteran of civic public affairs, Pastor Anthony began his long involvement in public service and advocacy as a student leader in the movement to convince the Congress of the United States to build a new Shaw Junior High School in the District. He was also a contributor to the first student bill of rights in the D.C. Public Schools. In 1969, following his speech at the dedication of Washington’s Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, he was appointed as the city’s first Youth Representative and Youth Advisor to the Mayor of Washington by the Honorable Walter Edward Washington.
By the undeserved providence of God, Pastor Anthony, a widely traveled speaker, teacher, and preacher, is also active in many activities. These activities include: serving as Protestant Chaplain for Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department, National Advisor to the Anti-Drug Program of the Congress of National Black Churches and special consultant to the national Crime and Prevention Council and member of its Advisory Council on Community Responses to Drug Abuse. Additionally, he serves as former President and current member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Churches of Greater Washington; Chairman of the District of Columbia State Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission; member of the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Planning Committee and was appointed by the United States District Court of the District of Columbia as a member of the Advisory Board of the Child and Family Services Agency of the District of Columbia. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Edward Mazique Parent Child Care Center and the National Capital Regional United Way.
Pastor Anthony is a recipient of numerous awards and citations - including citations from Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon, the Van Am Prize Medal of Columbia University, the Distinguished Public Service Award of the District of Columbia, the Grassroots Award for Community Service of the Southern Christian Leadership Council, and the National Trio Achievers Award of the National Council of Educational Opportunity Associations. He has also received the “Keys to the City” to Akron, Ohio; Omaha, Nebraska; and Fort Worth, Texas.
Listed in the 1979 edition of Outstanding Young Men in America, he was also chosen as “Minister of the Year” at the 1987 Washington Achievement Awards of Class International and in 1990 was saluted as the “Outstanding Former Title One Student in America” by the National Association of State Coordinators. He was a 1998 recipient of the “Extraordinary Care Award” by the United Way of the District of Columbia, “for opening [his] heart and making life better through. . . extraordinary care.” In August 2001, he was cited with the “Director’s Award” by the Center for Substance Abuse and Treatment and by the National Crime Prevention Council for serving at the Pentagon following the terrorist attacks of September 11th.
On July 22, 1998, Pastor Anthony was privileged to be invited to introduce President William J. Clinton at the White House announcement of the release of millions of dollars of federal grants to support Faith Based Initiatives for prevention of juvenile violence, abuse, and delinquency. He is listed in the 2000-2001 edition of National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals and on April 30, 2000, was inducted into the inaugural class of the Washington, DC Hall of Fame, receiving the Legacy Award for Religion.