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Arna Bontemps (1902-1973) Arna Bontemps was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  Bontemps was born in Alexandria into a Louisiana creole family. His father, Paul Bismark Bontemps, worked as a bricklayer, and his mother, Maria Carolina Pembroke, as a schoolteacher. When he was three years old, his family moved to Los Angeles in the Great Migration of blacks out of the South into cities of the North, Midwest, and West. They settled in what became known as the Watts district. After attending public schools, Bontemps attended Pacific Union College in Angwin, California, where he majored in English and…

Abe E. Pierce, III  1st African-American Mayor of Monroe, LA Abe E. Pierce, III is a member of the Eta Delta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., one of the founding members of the chapter, in Monroe. A graduate of the former Monroe Colored High School prior to desegregation and Southern University A&M College, he was a classroom teacher of biology, chemistry, and physics for ten years at Richwood High School. He was also principal at Richwood before moving on to become supervidor of secondary education and assistant superintendent in the Ouachita Parish School System. Pierce served for…

J. Jemison (1918-2013) Theodore Judson Jemison is a member of the Omega Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  A native of Selma, Alabama, Jemison was the president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. from 1982 to 1994. It is the largest African-American religious organization. In 1953, while a minister of the Mt. Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jemison helped lead the first civil rights boycott of segregated seating in public bus service. The organization of free rides, coordinated by churches, was a model used later in 1955–1956 by the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama.  Jemison…

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