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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
Education Advisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Asian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
That And Fifty Cents Will Get You On The Subway.

Birthplace

Born:
9/26/1959
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
Education Advisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Asian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
That And Fifty Cents Will Get You On The Subway.

Birthplace

Born:
9/26/1959
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Civic leader and attorney Carol Sutton Lewis was born on September 26, 1959 in New York City, New York. Her mother, Renee Sutton, was a public school teacher; her father, Oliver Sutton, was a judge and businessman. Lewis graduated from the High School of Music and Art in New York, now Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, in 1976. She went on to receive her B.A. degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980, and her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1983.

Upon being admitted to practice law, Lewis was hired as an associate at the law firm of Dow, Lohnes & Albertson in 1983. She worked there until 1987, when she was hired as an associate at the Apollo Theatre. After a brief stint at the Apollo Theatre, Sutton Lewis worked at Home Box Office from 1987 until 1989 before being hired as an associate in business development at WTTW Chicago, where she remained until 1992. In 2011, Lewis launched, and began writing for, the website entitled Ground Control Parenting, a blog designed for parents of children of color with a particular focus on issues affecting boys. She and her husband, William M. Lewis, founded the Carol Sutton Lewis and William M Lewis, Jr. Charitable Foundation, which she manages.

Lewis has served on the boards of several educational organizations, including WNET.org, Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, East Harlem Tutorial Program, Harlem School of the Arts, and Early Steps, an organization devoted to increasing the presence of students of color in New York City private schools. Since 1998, she has served on the board of directors of the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she eventually became vice chairman of the board. In 2008, Lewis was elected to Stanford Law School’s board of trustees, and, in 2010, she began serving as a board member of the Collegiate School. Lewis was also elected a board member of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies in 2011. She has also been honored by receiving the Humanitarian Award for Leadership in Education from the National Urban Technology Center.

Lewis lives with her husband in New York City. They have three children: Tyler, Carter and Andrew.

Carol Sutton Lewis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 22, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Carol Sutton Lewis' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Carol Sutton Lewis lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes her uncle, John Sutton
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes her paternal grandfather, Samuel Sutton
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about the education of her father's siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carol Sutton Lewis remembers her father's desire for her to attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Carol Sutton Lewis recounts her family's move to Harlem, New York where her father had a law practice with his brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her uncles, Percy and Bill Sutton
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes her father's upbringing with twelve siblings in San Antonio, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about the Sutton family in San Antonio, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her mother, Renee Hopkins Sutton
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her mother's West Indian heritage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes how her parents met, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes how her parents met, pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carol Sutton Lewis remembers her father's promise to pay for her college education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carol Sutton Lewis remembers the opportunities afforded her by her parents including a trip to the South of France
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her family's political activity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks explains why she did not attend private school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Carol Sutton Lewis remembers learning to read at an early age
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her third grade teacher, Portia Paterson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her cultural education in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Carol Sutton Lewis remembers picketing with her parents in Rochdale Village in New York City as a young girl
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her religious background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her grade school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her father's early years as a judge in Manhattan, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her experience at P.S. 116
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carol Sutton Lewis recounts the academic challenges of her older brother, Paul Sutton
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes her half-brother, Oliver Sutton, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carol Sutton Lewis remembers family vacations and road trips as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carol Sutton Lewis recalls the fear she felt after being pulled over by a white policeman in Johannesburg shortly after the end of apartheid
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes her memories of Christmas as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her father's law practice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes her political activism as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Carol Sutton Lewis remembers attending Attallah Shabazz's birthday party after the assassination of Malcolm X
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her family's associations with the Kennedys and President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about the political activism of her father and her uncle, Percy Sutton
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Carol Sutton Lewis remembers adapting to a new environment after moving from Queens to New York City's Harlem neighborhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about attending the High School of Music & Art in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes her experience at the High School for Music & Art in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carol Sutton Lewis recalls her mother's love of teaching
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes seeing her third grade teacher, Portia Paterson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes New York City in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carol Sutton Lewis compares her experience of Jack and Jill of America in Queens and Manhattan, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Carol Sutton Lewis describe the privilege the Sutton family name has afforded her throughout her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her affinity for English and the humanities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Carol Sutton Lewis recalls her decision to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her college application process
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes her experience at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Carol Sutton Lewis recalls Ralph Smith's encouragement for her to become a lawyer despite a white professor's attempts to dissuade her
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her decision to attend Stanford Law School in Stanford, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her experience at Stanford Law School in Stanford, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Carol Sutton Lewis recalls watching one of her father's court cases
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her summer internships while at Stanford Law School and her desire to work for the FCC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Carol Sutton Lewis recalls losing interest in the law after her father's death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Carol Sutton Lewis remembers her father's death and taking the bar examination soon afterward
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about working at Dow Lohnes & Albertson after law school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Carol Sutton Lewis remembers meeting her future husband, HistoryMaker William Lewis, and deciding to return to New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about working for her uncle, Percy Sutton, at the Apollo Theatre and his refusal to let her join the family business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes her disappointment after her uncle, Percy Sutton, refused to let her join the family business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about leaving a job she loved at HBO in New York City to move to Chicago with her future husband, HistoryMaker William Lewis
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes her experience living in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about starting a production company in Chicago, Illinois with Royal Kennedy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about working at WTTW
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her investment in the development of her three children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Carol Sutton Lewis recalls becoming involved with the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her initial work on the board of the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Carol Sutton Lewis describes the birth of the Studio Museum in Harlem's annual fundraising gala
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about the Studio Museum in Harlem's annual gala in the wake of 9/11
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about state of the Studio Museum of Harlem
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her commitment to Harlem and changes in the neighborhood
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her next steps
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her children's education
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her parenting blog, Ground Control Parenting, pt.1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her parenting blog, Ground Control Parenting, pt.2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her parenting blog, Ground Control Parenting, pt.3
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about her marriage
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Carol Sutton Lewis talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Carol Sutton Lewis reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Carol Sutton Lewis narrates her photographs