Kelley Kronenberg’s Black History Month Employee Spotlight feature is Alicia Lewis. Alicia is a Partner in focusing her practice on land-use, zoning, procurement, environmental, and municipal law. In her own words, learn about her role, her motivations and how Black History has shaped her life.
Tell us about a moment in black history that influenced or shaped your career?
I knew that I wanted to become an attorney after learning about Brown v. Board of Education in middle school. I remember coming home from school and attempting to explain the case to my family and telling them that I was going to be a lawyer and change the world.
Favorite Quote or Mantra?
“Can’t never could do anything”
Why do you think celebrating Black History Month is important?
I think it’s extremely important to celebrate Black History Month because it honors the contributions that Black Americans have made to our society and helps build tolerance through education and awareness.
Who inspires you? Vice President, Kamala Harris. I had the opportunity to meet her a year ago at a local fundraiser and she was so inspiring, confident, and relatable. I even have a picture with her in my office plus we are sorority sisters!
If you could have a conversation with a civil rights activist, who would it be and why?
I’d like to have a conversation with Shirley Chisholm. She was the first black woman elected to Congress and the first black candidate for a major party’s nomination for President. I would love to talk to her about what motivated her to do something that was unheard of for a black woman at the time and how she overcame the challenges she faced along the way.