The only HBCU in Michigan will be revived with design focus at Detroit’s College of Creative Studies

From 1939 through its closure in 2013, Detroit’s Lewis College of Business operated as the only historically Black college and university (HBCU) in Michigan and one of only a handful of HBCUs to be established by a Black woman. (The college, first established by Violet Temple Lewis in 1928, was initially based in Indianapolis before relocating to Detroit where it received HBCU designation in 1987.)

Now, thanks to a celebrated sneaker designer and educator based roughly 2,000 miles away in Portland, Oregon, the old Lewis College of Business will be reborn as the nation’s first-ever reinstated HBCU and the first HBCU wholly dedicated to

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