Historically black college plans to reopen in Detroit with new name and mission


The historically black university, Lewis College of Business, plans to reopen in Detroit with a new name and a new mission.

The college will be located in the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education at the College for Creative Studies until its permanent home in Detroit is selected and developed, according to A press release.

Now called PENSOLE Lewis College of Business and Design, the school will offer programs in design, sustainability, business and STEM in collaboration with the College for Creative Studies. Particular emphasis will also be placed on the design of shoes.

“Diversity of thought is what creates innovation. I really hope what we’re doing with (The College for Creative Studies) inspires other state colleges with HBCUs to do the same, ”said D’Wayne Edwards, founder of PENSOLE Design Academy, a design school. shoe store in Portland, Oregon.

He is also the majority shareholder of the previously closed Lewis College of Business, HBCU, based in Detroit. He founded PENSOLE Design Academy with the lack of black and brown designers in the industry in mind. Edwards said he was inspired by the college’s founder, Violet T. Lewis.

“We just want to make sure that we are doing right for Violet, her family and the legacy that Lewis College has created, we want to carry it on and then raise it even further and bring Violet back to life,” Edwards said.

PENSOLE Lewis College of Business and Design will seek authorization from the Michigan Department of Education to operate as an educational business.

It will be the only historically black college operating in Michigan. Edwards said the majority of the registration fee will be free. Registration will begin in December and the college will open in March 2022.


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