SERIES: VOL #2
A conversation with Lawyer/Activist Lasheca Lewis Esq.
One may wonder how Lasheca developed her confidence and character at such a young age. She is the first to say that it was her mother Renee who gets the lion’s share of credit. In eighth grade, Lasheca learned of a study abroad program in Australia. She asked her mom to accompany her to the informational meeting at school. Initially excited to hear about the travel itinerary, Lasheca’s voice begins to crack and tears well in her eyes when she explains what happened next: “As I began reading the material, I saw that the program would cost five thousand dollars. I thought, forget it! There was no way my family can come up with five thousand dollars. It hurt to read about the places in Australia I could not visit and all the things I would not learn. It felt like a tease! I got up to leave, but my mom made me stay until the end of the presentation. It was a good thing we did because we found out that students could organize fundraisers to pay for their trip.” Renee helped her daughter raise money, working tirelessly to promote Lasheca’s cause with community leaders and local organizations. All of the Wyandanch teachers and staff helped and so did the entire Wyandanch community and Rhoda Miller.
Ultimately, Lasheca raised the money and made it to Australia. She makes a point to note that she was the only black student to participate in this study abroad program. She enjoyed her fellow students’ company, albeit they were far more privileged than she was, and lived in places on Long island she had never before visited: