Honoring Black History Month - Lew Braxton, Jr.

I want to observe Black History Month by remembering some of our local leaders who are no longer with us but have left us a legacy of commitment, leadership, faith, tolerance and courage.

Lew Braxton, Jr.

Lew served in the United States Air Force for twenty years including service in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired in 1972 when stationed at Castle Air Force Base with the rank of Major. He remained in Atwater and went to work for Merced County retiring as a Supervising Probation Officer after 25 years. As a probation officer, Lew guided and mentored many young people who had started down the wrong path.

Lew is best remembered for his warm demeanor and spirited community service, including the Atwater School Board, the Merced Community College Board, Chair of the Central Valley Regional Center, President of the California Coalition of Black School Board Members and President of the Merced NAACP, where he was honored as Man of the Year. I was proud to have known Lew since my youth. He was an inspiration to me and to our community.