- To memorialize and honor the lives lost in the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 12, 2015, SCMTA commissioned Lewis to write a unique piece entitled “Elegy: In Memoriam of the Emanuel Nine.”
- Lewis earned a D.M.A. at the University of Texas-Austin and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music at the University of Houston.
Winthrop University, "Winthrop’s Leonard Mark Lewis Chosen to Honor the Lives of “The Emanuel Nine” as 2019 SCMTA Commissioned Composer" (2019). Winthrop News 2019. 141.