If you have never seen a group of dedicated, talented and mission driven individuals for community service in one room, at the same time… then you missed your chance at this year’s Achievement Week Banquet hosted by the Lambda Nu Chapter, Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Lambda Nu is located in Franklin, VA and part of the Mighty Third District. This year’s receipts included:
Citizen of the Year – Judge Gammer Gray Poindexter. Judge Poindexter (Retired) was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. She finished #1 in her high school class at the age of 16 and went to Indiana University where she majored in Government to prepare herself for a life practicing law. She went on from Indiana University to Louisiana State University Law School, becoming one of the first two African American Women to obtain their Law degree. She worked in the Solicitor’s Office for the US Department of Labor in Washington, DC, Legal Aid programs in Louisiana and Virginia. She practiced law in Surry County in Virginia and was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney for Surry, becoming the first African American elected prosecutor in the United States. She went on to serve as General District Court Judge for 6th District in Virginia, County Democratic Party Chair, practiced as a daring lawyer for those with no voice in the legal system and she fought for change in the social, political and economical arenas in rural Virginia. She did not stop there with almost 50 years of service in law, while also dedicating years of community service with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc (Past President); Old Dominion Bar Association (Past President); member of Board of Visitors, Old Dominion University; National Bar Association member; Surry County NAACP member; Surry County Democratic Party (Past Chairperson); and Petersburg, VA Chapter of Links, Inc.
Omega Man of the Year – Bro Cory Howell, Sr. Bro Howell is from Surry, VA and currently resides in Newport News, VA. He graduated from Norfolk State University where he marched with the NSU band and receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management Information Systems. He currently co-owns Green Leaf Logistics, LLC; marketing and branding manager for Rivertime Seafood; and a full-time entrepreneur. He was initiated through Lambda Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 2000 which began a sustained and continued service to the community. He has served as Vice Basileus, Keeper of Records and Seal, Chapter Reporter, Keeper of Peace, and chaired committees steaming from Technology, Talent Hunt, Achievement Week, Reclamation, and Culminating. He continues to be innovative in giving back to the community as well as helping to keep Omega’s light shining bright throughout the world.
Superior Service Award – Bro Maurice D. Smith Jr., PhD. Bro Dr. Smith Jr., was born in Petersburg, VA and attended Sussex Central High School. He graduated and attended Virginia State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture Business and Economics, followed by receiving his M.S. Degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from Virginia Tech. His eagerness for advanced knowledge led him to Pennsylvania State University where he received the 3rd District Founders Memorial Scholarship for 3 years while earning his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Extension Education with research focusing on “Exploring African American High School Aged Males’ Perception of Agricultural-related Youth Programs in Urban Settings”. Dr. Smith Jr. currently teaches at Virginia State University in areas of Youth Development, Urban and Rural 4-H. and Agricultural and Extension Education, where he serves as Co-Advisor for VSU’s MANRRS chapter. He has served as 4-H extension agent, National level MANRRS Vice President, and Program Research Technician to the Associate Assistant Secretary for Cultural Transformation. He currently serves the community through Waverly Farmers, Sussex 4-H, Surry County office of Youth, and mentors African American males at Sussex Central High School. Dr. Smith Jr. was initiated through Lambda Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 2010 where he has served as Keeper of Records and Seal, Chapter Reporter, Co-Chairman of the Scholarship committee, Chairman for the Technology committee, and Co-Chairman for the Fundraising committee. His passion for reaching and teaching African American adolescence is shown daily through his commitment and unwavering focus on constantly finding new ways to effectively mentor and create change.