Chicago civil rights attorney and native Houstonian Lewis “Lew” Myers Jr. died on May 24 at age 70. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at Windsor Village United Methodist Church, 6000 Heatherbrook.
Lewis served as general counsel to Minister Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton. He was a professor at DePaul University School of Law, several City Colleges of Chicago, Roosevelt University and Chicago State University.
Myers attended Fifth Ward schools and graduated with honors from Wheatley High School. As a teenager, he was active in the NAACP and helped initiate a student boycott of HISD over segregation.
Lewis enrolled in Tennessee State University and joined the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He transferred to Howard University, where he was active in student government and organized campus demonstrations. He continued his activism as a student at Rutgers University Law School. He received a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and later worked as a staff attorney with North Mississippi Rural Legal Services.
Survivors include his wife, Celestine Narcisse-Myers, son, Lewis Myers III, a sister and niece.