Ed Lewis, founder of ESSENCE, Inducted into Advertising Hall of Fame

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Edward Lewis, founder of Essence, inducted into advertising hall of fame Edward T. Lewis, former chairman, chief executive and publisher of Essence magazine, has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on April 7, 2014.

Lewis’ 35-year tenure at Essence “awakened corporate America to Black women’s achievements and massive multi-billion dollar purchasing power.” He is credited with turning Essence into a hugely successful brand, the leading media authority on the needs of Black women. It was one of the nation’s largest African-American multi-media organizations. 

Essence was acquired by Time, Inc. in 2005.

Lewis is also a co-founder of Latina, the first lifestyle magazine that exclusively addresses the interests of U.S. Hispanic women.