The phrase “There’s an app for that!” touches many facets of modern life, to include transportation, finance, communications and entertainment. Apps, or computer applications, typically flow from the fertile minds of young, white male coders. Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ software-writing prowess laid the foundation for a $508-billion corporation and helped revolutionize personal computing for billions of worldwide consumers.

Intent on leading more Black and Latino high school boys to the coding dance floor, New York City activist Christina Lewis Halpern created All Star Code. “We all want and need a seat at the table, and then we want to run the table and then we want to have our own table. Coding is the ticket to that,” says Halpern, whose father, Reginald F. Lewis, was a Wall Street attorney who acquired and deftly operated a billion-dollar international food business, TLC Beatrice International, before succumbing to brain cancer in 1993. Fortune magazine had listed Lewis as one of the country’s 400 wealthiest individuals.

Reginald F. Lewis, African American Entrepreneur, Black Business, #BuyBlack, Christina Lewis Halpern, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNChristina Lewis Halpern | Courtesy of All Star Code

Reginald F. Lewis, African American Entrepreneur, Black Business, #BuyBlack, Christina Lewis Halpern, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNChristina Lewis Halpern | Courtesy of All Star Code


REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM | BALTIMORE, MD

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is the state’s premier institution highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans, with a special focus on Maryland. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum engages visitors through its permanent and special exhibitions, resource center, as well as programs such as its film series, live music performances, and family programming. (Website).


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