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Shreveport, LA


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Rho Omega
517
www.rhoomega.com
P. O. Box 958
Shreveport, LA 71163
roej73@gmail.com

Bro. James Rhodes
3185722830
roej73@gmail.com
Basileus: 
1st Vice Basileus: 
KRS: 
KF: 
Chaplain: 
Editor: 
James Hawkins
Darius Kimble
James Rhodes
Edward Prim
Clarence Travers
Marlon Henderson

About Rho Omega

The oldest graduate chapter in the Ninth District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,Incorporated, the Rho Omega Chapter in Shreveport, Louisiana, boasts a distinctive, trailblazing, and rich history. Believing that men of like attainment and similar ideas of fellowship and manhood should bind themselves together in order to approach these ideas, the Rho Omega Chapter was approved and established in July of 1923. However, the Rho Omega Chapter Charter was not granted by the national body until September 1, 1923. The chartered members were: H. Stuart Davis (Basileus), Dr. T.M. Johnson, Dr. H.C. Hudson, Dr. W.E. Griffin, Principal R.E. Brown, Educators W.P. Terrell, Leyton Weston, Harry Nelson, and Minister F.L. Lewis. Candidates initiated in 1923 were: Dr. William Wallace, Dr. E. B. Liddell, Dr. Julius A. Phillips, and Undertaker C.L. Coffey.

From its inception, Rho Omega Chapter has grown considerably and has made a tremendous impact on the social, economic, civic, and political life of the community, state, and nation. By making it a point to fulfill all mandated programs each fiscal year, Rho Omega has been able to positively and effectively promote Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. Aside from hosting several past Ninth District Meetings, Rho Omega has had some of their “best and brightest” serve as Ninth District Officers, Ninth District Special Function Appointees, and Ninth District Achievement Awards Recipients.

Currently, Rho Omega Chapter has a sterling roster filled with those of the highest intellect, greatest educational achievements, and most esteemed vocations and political positions. However, the richness of Rho Omega lies in the many capable, insightful, and diligent men who have graciously given and shared their talents throughout the years. For example, the Rho Omega Chapter holds an annual Good Citizenship and Scholarship Awards Program at Booker T. Washington High School (Shreveport, Louisiana). The aptly renamed Frank R. Rayson Good Citizenship and Scholarship Awards Program, which started at Booker T. Washington High School in the 1950’s, was the brainchild of Rho Omega Chapter Member, Brother Frank R. Rayson. Each year, Rho Omega Chapter recognizes and presents over 200 African-American, male, high school students with various Good Citizenship Awards. In addition to Good Citizenship Awards, at least ten scholarships are awarded to graduating, college-bound, male students.

Aside from the promotion of Scholarship, Rho Omega Chapter strives to Uplift the Shreveport-Bossier City community. Through their 501c3 organization, Rho Omega and Friends, Incorporated, the Rho Omega Chapter sponsors the “Let The Good Times Roll Festival” each June at Shreveport’s Festival Plaza. The “Let The Good Times Roll Festival,” which Rho Omega Chapter started in 1987 as a celebration of Juneteenth, is a showcase of national recording artists, arts and crafts, and local cuisine. Each year, thousands of area residents come out and celebrate in the only minority sponsored festival of its kind. Through these fundraising efforts, Rho Omega Chapter is able to provide scholarships, donate air conditioning fans each summer, and promote voter registration efforts. 

Past Basilei of the Rho Omega Chapter include: H. Stuart Davis 1923, Leyton Weston 1924, T.M. Johnson 1925-28, James Perry 1928-33, Leo McPhearson 1933-37, Chapter was inactive because of the War 1938-43, George C. Henderson, Sr. 1943-48, Booker D. Harrison 1948-50, Herman Selber 1950-72, Ealie W. Thornton 1972-74, Louis J. Nelson, Sr. 1974-77, John Thomas, Jr. 1977-79, Donald M. Aytch, Sr. 1979-81, Willie JC Critton 1981-83, Carl E. Stewart 1983-85, Cecil R. Henderson 1985-87, Edwin Taylor, III 1987-89, Abner B. Hedgemon, Jr. 1989-91, James E. Stewart, Sr. 1991-93, Joseph E. Odom 1993-95, Abner B. Hedgemon, Jr. 1995-97, Reginald Abrams 1997-2001, Calvin B. Lester 2001-2003, Carl H. Franklin 2003-2005, Larry Anderson 2005-2009, Marlon D. Henderson 2009-2013, Kenneth Thomas 2013-2017, James Hawkins 2017-present.

Although times have changed since 1923, Rho Omega Chapter has been careful to not abandon the principles that have made Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated great since 1911– Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, Uplift. The members of Rho Omega have always tried to live up to the motto “Friendship Is Essential To The Soul” in all of their endeavors. Additionally, Rho Omega Chapter has returned to the original concept of selecting only those men who already possess and exhibit our four cardinal principles. By no accident, many of Shreveport’s great African-American men are/were Omega men. There a very few residents of Shreveport-Bossier City whose lives have not been touched by a member of Rho Omega Chapter. Rho Omega Chapter has a rich, 90 year heritage to be protected, celebrated, and enhanced. 

 

Rho Omega Chapter Initiates:

 

1930

Alvin L. Taylor (November 22, 1930)

 

1935

Wendel O. Grigsby (June 11, 1935)

 

1936

Howard Sims (May 1, 1936)

 

1937

George C. Henderson, Sr. (July 13, 1937)

 

1938

Albert M. Moody, Sr. (April 25, 1938)

 

1940

Blanchard Bell (December 20, 1940)

 

1942

Melvin Jarrett (December 8, 1942)

 

1946

Dan L. Smith

William R. London

Jonathan F. Roach

Bennie E. Bailey

Milton Fletcher

Emmett A. Mays

Sol E. Powell

Frank R. Rayson

Elijah B. Williams

 

1947

Granville Smith (January 31, 1947)

Irwin F. Jones (May 16, 1947)

Otto C. Rollins

Herman Selber

Lee A. Williams

Herbert D. Webb

Joseph W. Walker (December 18, 1947)

 

1948

Thomas E. Peete (May 6, 1948)

Elmo A. Phelps

Richard Walker

Alfred F. Woodson (December 21, 1948)

 

1949

Ezekiel E. Moore (February 14, 1949)

Walter Saxton (October 5, 1949)

Earnest B. Miller December 5, 1949)

Ralph Milner

 

1950

Isaac L. Hall (May 13, 1950)

Emory J. Palmer

 

1951

Donald M. Aytch, Sr. (May, 1, 1951)

Joseph E. Odom

 

1952

Charley M. Lester (April 5, 1952)

Albert L. Leviston

Billy V. Morgan

James M. Redden (December 12, 1952)

John L. Taylor

 

1953

Bernard Warren (April 14, 1953)

 

1954

Orlando Moss, Sr. (December 9, 1954)

 

1955

Charles Cason (February 14, 1955)

Walter E. Compier (February 24, 1955)

 

1956

Charles K. Johnson (January 27, 1956)

Raymond Cotton (April 7, 1956)

 

1957

Herman Brodus (May 31, 1957)

 

1958

Henry Franklin, Jr. (December 26, 1958)

B.J. Harbor

 

1959

Roy L. Jackson (April 21, 1959)

Ealie W. Thornton (May 2, 1959)

 

1960

Louis Nelson, Sr. (April 29, 1960)

John Thomas, Jr. (June 3, 1960)

 

1961

Fred Ellis (April 13, 1961)

 

1964

Clarence C. Conway (February 29, 1964)

 

1965

Willie JC Critton (December 1965)

 

1967

Roy W. Lester (December 9, 1967)

 

1968

Donald Ivory (April 5, 1968)

Cladius Washington

Linton Ardoin (May 18, 1968)

 

1969

Columbus Lafitte (January 16, 1969)

 

1971

Leon Anderson (February 19, 1971)

Clifton Jones

Eddie L. Cooper, Sr. (December 17, 1971)

Willie R. Griffin

 

1972

James E. Looney (November 11, 1972)

Gary D. Tripp

 

1974

L.D. Addison (December 13, 1974)

Merculus J. Chretien

Cecil R. Henderson

 

1975

Henry Sherman, Jr. (December 12, 1975)

 

1976

Melvin Ashley (December 3, 1976)

Roosevelt Daniel

George C. Henderson, Jr.

Charles E. Lovelace

Willie F. McPhearson

Robert Pryor

Glyn E. Thomas

Wade H. White

 

1977

Odis L. Jones (June 17, 1977)

Ted Spikes

 

1978

Clyn J. Lott (March 2, 1978)

David Thomas

Richard S. Williams

 

1979

Wavey T. Lester (March 19, 1979)

Lorenzo Powell

 

1980

Charles R. Jones (May 7, 1980)

Curtis Jones

Wilson N. Morton

David A. Reed

 

1981

Malvin M. Jones (May 30, 1981)

Henry B. Jones

Jay R. Ramos

Larry Towner

 

1983

Morell Boone (October 26, 1983)

 

1985

Andrew Britton, Jr. (May 10, 1985)

Curtis Davis

Chappelle P. Henderson

 

1988

Willie B. Johnson (February 19, 1988)

J. Lee Northcutt

David W. Semien

Orlando K. Winston

 

1993

Barry L. Cooper (May 29, 1993)

Mark A. Cooper

 

Ernest Baylor, Jr. (June 5, 1993)

Coolidge Dixon

Lyndon B. Johnson

Mack Jones

Carlton Mitchell

Harry L. Williams

Derwin L. Young

 

1996

Jermaine T. Casey (April 13, 1996)

Darryl K. Evans

Kem L. Jones

Samuel B. Jones

Calvin B. Lester, Jr.

Kenneth S. Myers

Samuel L. Youngblood

 

1997

Westal D. Davis (December 13, 1997)

 

1998

Willie L. Henderson, Jr. (April 4, 1998)

Derrick K. Ludley

Donald R. McDuffy

William L. Small

Floyd A. Webb

Marion E. Walthour

Anthony Williams

 

Gabriel O. Fagbeyiro (November 21, 1998)

James. E. Lester

Fred Moss IV

Kalan J. Washington

Charlie J. Williams

 

1999

Richard P. Johnson (March 20, 1999)

Wilbert D. Pryor

Carl E. Stewart, Jr.

 

2002

Kenneth W. Thomas (March 23, 2002)

 

2003

Michael W. Carter (March 29, 2003)

Rolland J. Coleman

Rodney T. Gant

Brekiscus B. Jackson

Richard S. Jeffries, Sr.

Derrick B. O’Neal

Jimmy R. Thomas

 

2005

Derrick M. Allums (March 12, 2005)

Marlon D. Henderson

Byron M. Lyons

 

Patrick L. Dennis (November 19, 2005)

Cladius Washington III

 

2006

Michael R. Hicks (December 3, 2006)

Edward Summage (Omega Chapter)

Darius Z. Kimble

2009

Damein M. Burgess, Sr. (April 4, 2009)

Silas T. Harris

Darius Q. Henderson

Gregory P. Jackson

C. Marcellus Sanders

Cedric D. Thomas

 

2011

Kirby S. Dawson (April 16, 2011)

Troy A. Jackson

Tremayne L. Myles

James D. Rhodes

 

2013

Michael L. Edwards (April 27, 2013)

Frederick D. Green

Marcus A. Hall

Terry L. Lewis

Eric T. Moore

David R. Roberts

 

2017 

Vencil Holmes (March 26, 2017)

Barriet "Doug" Thomas

Jimmy Barnes, Jr.

Edward "Chuck" Prim