Black History Month: Mike Lewis

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Mike Lewis set his family’s roots firmly in Natchitoches when he came to Northwestern State University in 1974 on an honor scholarship after graduating from Green Oaks High School in Shreveport. He hoped to take his career in the JROTC to the military, but an underlying health issue prevented entry. He started the first NAACP chapter at the school, serving as treasurer of the new organization.
In 1978, Lewis married the love of his life, Faye, and soon started a family.
He started his 35-year career at Cleco Gas and Water (now Atmos Energy) where he was the only Black operation specialist in Louisiana.

This article published in the Feb. 24, 2022, print edition

He took his family to the First Assembly of God church and served as a commander of the youth program, Royal Rangers.
As his family grew, Lewis understood the importance of representation in the community and became a voice for many. He served on the city’s Council on Aging Board of Directors, saying he wants the city’s seniors “not just to endure, but to enjoy their lives.” As President, he oversaw the demolition and rebuilding of the NPCOA and helped shape activities that would add to the quality of life of seniors.
Lewis organizes the gathering of wild game from local hunters through Hunters for the Hungry to feed those that struggle with food insecurities.
He serves as commissioner on the Natchitoches Planning and Zoning Committee and is the only Black licensed gunsmith in Natchitoches.