Former U.S. ambassador visits Spokane middle school for Black History Month

Former U.S. ambassador visits Spokane middle school for Black History Month

A former U.S. ambassador visited a Spokane middle school Tuesday as part of Black History Month.

Delano Lewis was the ambassador to South Africa during the Clinton Administration.

The former Justice Department lawyer came to the school because his friend, who is a teacher at Shaw, contacted him and asked him to speak.

Lewis was born in 1938 in Kansas. He later attended the only black high school in the state at a time when black and white students were segregated.

Lewis first visited Spokane when he was a waiter on the Great Northern Railroad in the 50s, and he spoke to KXLY about his first experience in the Lilac city, coming from a segregated community.

Lewis spoke with the students about planning for their future and how to make sure their dreams turn into reality.