Shown above are the members of the New Orleans Chapter (Sigma Lambda) of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity who attended their annual banquet held to honor their sweethearts. They are:
Left to right (rear row, standing): Attorney A. P. Tureaud, Robert Harrison, Dr. W. C. Booker, Dr. Wesley N. Segre, Numa J. Rousseve, Dr. Andrew Young, Earl Joseph, Rene J. Rousseve.
Front row, standing: Whitney Haydel, Dr. Andrew McDonald, Asa Atkins, Marcus Neustader, Willard Loring Dumas, Dr. Arnold Darensbourg, Dr. George Talbert, Dr. Ernest Carter, Dr. William Adams, Dr. Clarence Clement Haydel.
Supporting the banner are: Peter Wellington Clark and Charles L. de Lay.
Alpha Phi Alpha was founded on December 4,1906 on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who came together as a study and support group for those who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. Their mission was to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service to various communities.
The New Orleans Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha (Sigma Lambda), was installed on December 5, 1925. Its charter members consisted of a group of very distinguished young men. They were: Professor Lucien Victor Alexis, Osceola W. Blanchet, Professor Edward Maceo Coleman, Dr. Clarence Clement Haydel, William H. Mitchell, Rudolph Moses, Jesse O. Richards, and Bishop Robert Elijah Jones. One of their main projects undertaken recently was “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People” whose aim is to register, educate and mobilize voters in the New Orleans Area.
Sources: www.sigmalambda.org; The Louisiana Weekly, 10 July 1948; http: //en.wikipedia.org