TLL holds Founders’ Banquet
The Tau Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
celebrated its seventh annual achievement week, which culminated with a
founders' banquet on Nov. 19. The celebration was also a commemoration
of the fraternity’s centennial anniversary Nov. 17.
fraternity was established on Nov. 17, 1911, on the campus of Howard
University in Washington, D.C., to bring together men of similar ideas
and purpose. Achievement week, inspired by fraternity member Carter G.
Woodson in 1920, promotes the study of African-American life and
history. TLL uses the week to recognize individuals locally and
nationally for improving the quality of life for African-Americans in
Southern Maryland and beyond.
The founders’ banquet recognized
three individuals from Southern Maryland for their achievements and
service to the local community by awarding the Citizen of the Year
Award. Pastor Dante King, founder of Greater Mount Zion Church,
was honored with the award for Calvert County. King’s church started
with 15 members in 2000 and has grown to more than 1,000 members. In
addition to his church services, King also hosts a weekly radio show
where he ministers and teaches.Col. Donald M. Wade, a native of Hughesville, was the Charles County award recipient. During his career, he was an
assistant professor of aerospace studies at North Carolina A&T State
University and worked for the U.S. Air Force headquarters at the
Pentagon. In 1990, Wade retired from active duty and was hired by the
Prince George’s County school district to establish a Junior ROTC
program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. Currently, Wade
serves on the Charles County Board of Education and is a member of the
Archdiocesan Board of Education of Washington, D.C. The St.
Mary's County award winner was Elmer Brown of Drayden. Brown served on
the St. Mary’s County Housing Board and was instrumental in starting the
sail-to-life program. In addition, Brown has helped start organizations
such as the Unified Committee for African-American Contributions, the
Minority Business Alliance of St. Mary’s County and LOTT Inc., a black
investment group. He is the first African-American board member of the
First National Bank of St. Mary’s County. Currently, Brown is the owner
and operator of Brown’s Maintenance Services in St. Mary’s County.
Chapter also gave awards for the Omega Man of the Year, the chapter's
highest honor, to brothers W. Cecil Short and Harold P. Fagan; the
Founders Award to brother Anthony J. Zanfordino, IV; the Basileus Award
to brother Warren E. Leggett; the National Superior Service Award to
brother Harrell Watts; and the Col. Charles Young Award to brother
For more information on the programs and events of Tau Lambda Lambda Chapter, go to www.southernmdques.org
Article by Brother Garrett James
Published in SoMdNews.com