Annapolis Alumni Chapter History

Annapolis Alumni Chapter History

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In the beginning, the idea of a chapter in the Annapolis, Maryland, area was the brainchild of Willie Q. McManus, a 1948 Alpha Nu initiate of the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College Chapter in Greensboro, North Carolina (now North Carolina A&T State University). A teacher at Wiley Bates High School in Annapolis, he realized the need for an alumni chapter in the area since the closest ones were located in Baltimore and Washington.

Brother McManus began to ask other Kappas who also taught at Bates High School, as well as those who lived in the Annapolis area, of their interest in establishing a chapter. This group became known as the Kappa Men of Annapolis. In April 1965, McManus then contacted Charles G. Tildon, the Polemarch of the Eastern Province, to get information on establishing a chapter. Tildon informed H.H. Holloway, the Executive Secretary of Kappa Alpha Psi, of the interest in establishing a chapter in Annapolis, Maryland. It was noted at the time that there were three brothers who lived in Washington, DC, and another brother who lived in Baltimore. These brothers wanted to affiliate with the group from Annapolis since they were working together.

After several meetings and the collection of fees, a petition was signed on October 13, 1965, asking for the establishment of the Annapolis Alumni Chapter. The Grand Board of Directors later granted approval for the creation of the Chapter.

The chartering date was Sunday, December 5, 1965. The event took place at the Y.M.C.A. on West Street in Annapolis. Among the visiting brothers were Past Grand Polemarch W. Henry Greene, who facilitated the chartering ceremony, and Asst. Executive Secretary Earl A Morris, who conducted the installation of officers. The first Polemarch was Willie Q. McManus, the Vice-Polemarch was Henry Austin, and the Keeper of Records and Exchequer was Roscoe Parker.
Officer Charter Member Chapter Initiated Year Initiated
Polemarch Willie Q. McManus Alpha Nu 1948
Vice Polemarch Henry E. Austin Alpha Tau 1950
Keeper of Records/Exchequer Roscoe Parker Alpha Gamma 1930
James A. Carter Alpha Iota 1962
George E. Gaither, Jr. Epsilon 1957
Daniel B. Palmer Tau 1929
James R. Gross Gamma Xi 1956
Victor Wilkerson Gamma 1958
John Parker Alpha Gamma 1936
Alvin Hall Gamma Xi 1954
Richard Thomas Epsilon 1949
Elliott C. Roberts Alpha Iota 1948
Harvey L. Taylor Gamma Kappa 1950
Carrol Hynson Alpha Iota 1950

Past Polemarchs of Annapolis Alumni

Brother Tenure
Willie Q. McManus* 1965-1968
George E. Gaither, Jr. 1968-1970
James R. Gross* 1970-1972
Dr. Samuel P. Massie, Jr.* 1972-1974
Henry E. Austin* 1974-1976
Daniel B. Palmer* 1976-1978
Joseph F. Ennis* 1978-1980
James H. Lawrence, II* 1980-1982
Roland H. Otey, Jr. 1982-1984
James A. Carter* 1984-1986
Charlie Jackson, Jr. 1986-1988
Dr. Richard A. Greene* 1988-1990
Fletcher L. Tinsley 1990-1992

Brother Tenure
T. Roosevelt Williams, Jr. 1992-1994
Obie Patterson 1994-1996
Dr. V. Keith Brown, Sr. 1996-1998
Michael J. Miller* 1998-2000
T. Roosevelt Williams, Jr. 2000-2004
Newton Gentry, III 2002-2004
Lewis H. McClam 2004-2006
Briant Keith Coleman 2006-2008
G. Emory Gaither III 2008-2010
Oscar D. Grant III 2010-2012
Harold Young III, Esq. 2012-2014
Keith Yancey 2014-2016
* signifies Chapter Invisible


Bro. Dr. Samuel P. Massie, Jr.

1919 - 2005

"I’d like to be remembered as a teacher who cared; as a man who tried to make a difference."
Dr. Samuel P. Massie, Jr. overcame racial barriers to become one of the most distinguished chemists in research and education in the United States. In 1998, he was named by the Chemical and Engineering News as one of the 75 premier chemists of the 20th Century—a list that includes two 2 other African Americans—George Washington Carver and Percy Julian. His life and work helped pave the way for African Americans and other minorities in education and in the sciences.

Dr. Massie was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from high school at age 13 and with an interest in finding a cure for his father’s asthma; he subsequently graduated summa cum laude with a degree in chemistry from Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) at the age of 18. He received his Master’s degree in chemistry from Fisk University in 1940 and his doctorate from Iowa State in 1946. It was during World War II while he was pursuing his doctorate at Iowa State that the draft board in Arkansas revoked his draft deferment. Forced to drop out of graduate school temporarily, Massie took a position as a research associate at Iowa State. Under the supervision of his chemistry professor, he worked on a special research team that was part of the Manhattan Project, the top-secret effort to develop the atomic bomb.

When the war was over, Massie returned to working on his dissertation and in 1964 earned a doctorate in organic chemistry. Dr. Massie was initiated at the Alpha Delta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated at Fisk University in 1939, and he was a member of the Annapolis (MD) Alumni Chapter for thirty-nine years. In addition, between 1947 and 1963, he was Chairman of the Chemistry Departments at Langston, Fisk, and Howard Universities.

From 1963 to 1966, he served as Chancellor of North Carolina College at Durham (now North Carolina Central University). After that, President Lyndon Johnson appointed him as the first African American professor of chemistry at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he remained for nearly thirty years until his retirement as professor emeritus in 1993.

Dr. Massie had a distinguished career. He conducted decades of work pioneering silicon chemistry research and investigated antibacterial agents that led to the development of drugs to treat mental illness, malaria, meningitis, gonorrhea, herpes, and cancer. While at Fisk University, he formed a research team to study Phenothiazine. Soon afterward, research teams around the world discovered uses for Phenothiazine in the treatment of psychiatric disorders and cancer therapy.

Dr. Massie’s article, “The Chemistry of Phenothiazine,” written in 1954, led to development of the anti-psychotic drug Thorazine. During his years at the Naval Academy, his research focused on environmental studies.

In 1960, as an associate program director at the National Science Foundation, he helped colleges and universities improve their laboratories and libraries. In 1985, Massie and his research team were awarded a patent for an antibiotic to treat gonorrhea.

After his retirement, Massie became Vice President for Education at the Bingwa Software Company, where he oversaw production of educational software that combines educational concepts with uplifting stories to second and third graders from the lives of multicultural role models. Massie also appeared in some of the software. Because of his many achievements in the field of chemistry, Massie received numerous awards throughout his career.

Some of his honors include:

* In 1960, the Manufacturing Chemists Association named Massie one of the six best College Chemistry Professors in the United States.

* In 1970, the University of Arkansas, which had once denied Massie admittance, awarded him with an honorary doctorate.

* In 1976 the Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) gave him its Freedom Funds Award.

* In July 1976 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, presented Massie with the Laurel Wreath. Massie was later honored by the Fraternity for 50 years of membership and leadership.

* In 1981 Iowa State honored him with the Distinguished Achievement Citation, the university’s highest award.

* In 1988, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from a White House initiative and in the following year, he was one of eight African Americans inducted in the National Black College Alumni Hall Of Fame in the area of Science.

* In 1990, he received the U.S. Naval Academy’s Faculty Achievement Award. Three years later, he became the second civilian and the first African American to become an honorary member of the National Naval Officers Association.

* The Maryland State Board of Community Colleges established a Massie Science Prize in his honor to be awarded to an outstanding science student at a Maryland community college.

* In 1992, the National Naval Officer’s Association and the U.S. Naval Academy’s African American Alumni established the Samuel P. Massie Educational Endowment Fund to help pay college tuition costs for women, minority, and low-income residents of Anne Arundel County.

* In 1994, Massie’s Life and Career was placed permanently in the Science in American Life exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution. The following year, his portrait was hung in the National Academy of Science gallery.

* In 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy established the Dr. Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence, worth $14.7 million, and awarded to 10 universities—9 of which are historically black universities—to enhance “groundbreaking environmental research and the production of top-level graduates” to assist municipalities and corporations around the world with environmental issues, technology applications, and educational programs.

* In 2004, Prince George’s County dedicated Samuel P. Massie Academy in Forestville, Maryland in his honor. The Academy serves grades pre-kindergarten through 8th grade and currently enrolls approximately 714 students.