On Friday, November 20, 2009 at 1:30 pm, the West Broad Street YMCA held a ceremony dedicating its new playground to the legacy of Mr. Benjamin F. Lewis.
Mr. Lewis graduated from Savannah State College and received his J.D. from John Marshall Law College. In 1945 he became a regular worker with the US Postal Service.
In 1963 he was appointed Equal Opportunity Officer for the Savannah Post Office and 1969 he was appointed as the regional EEO from Atlanta. In 1970 he was appointed the National Equal Opportunity Employment Specialist assigned to Washington, D.C.
Upon retirement, Mr. Lewis returned to Savannah and on September 1, 1971 he assumed responsibility as the Executive Director of the West Broad Street YMCA.
Mr. Lewis was instrumental in developing programs for local residents to help them access assistance in achieving self sufficiency.
Of supreme importance to Mr. Lewis were the children.
He had the foresight and courage to challenge the programs of his day and to work collaboratively to ensure that the needs of children were met.