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Tracy Lewis is Now the 2nd Black Woman Lieutenant in FDNY’s History9/19/2014
by Nana Aduba-Amoah Tracy Lewis is paving a way for black women in the public safety industry after being promoted to firefighter lieute...
by Nana Aduba-Amoah
“A lot of times you’ll get: ‘you’re a female,’” she said. “They’re wondering whether or not you can do the job. But if you’ve been through the academy and you’ve proven yourself there, that should be enough.”
“It’s about time—long time overdue,” McNair said in regards to Lewis’s promotion. “This girl’s more than deserving.”
The FDNY has made progression in integrating minorities following a discrimination lawsuit in which they agreed to pay $98 million to minority firefighters this March. In 2007, when the suit was filed, the FDNY’s work force was 90 percent white; however, 45 percent of the company’s recent graduating class were minorities.
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Nana Aduba-Amoah is a graduate student at DePaul University in Chicago pursuing her M.A in Journalism. She received her B.A. in communications at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. She's a Ghanaian native who currently resides in the Chicago area. She's passionate about covering political issues and loves to write poetry on her spare time.