Last week we shared information about the b/Brothers Foster of Jackson Ward. As it turns out, Richmond, Virginia was the home of several sets of biological brothers who were/are Omega Men. For example, the Lambert brothers grew up in the far west end of Richmond, and all achieved distinction in their respective fields of endeavor.
Brother Benjamin Lambert, III practiced optometry for 40 years in Richmond, many times serving senior citizens and low-income youth. In 1977, Brother Lambert was elected to serve in the House of Delegates of the Virginia General Assembly. In 1980, Brother Benny became the first African American to represent Virginia on the Democratic National Committee. Later, he won a seat in the Virginia Senate, after Brother L. Douglas Wilder was elected Lieutenant Governor. Brother Benny rose to Chair the prestigious Virginia Senate Finance Committee, and in that capacity secured funding for Historically Black Virginia State University and Norfolk State University. Brother Benny was initiated into Omega by way of the Zeta Chapter.
Brother Abbot Lambert graduated from Knoxville College, and rose to prominence in the retail industry (Thalhimer’s Stores), becoming one of few Black corporate executives in the nation. Later, Mr. John Johnson asked him to join the executive team at Ebony Magazine. Brother Abbot was initiated into Omega by way of the Phi Phi Chapter.
Brother Leonard Lambert studied law, and maintained a successful legal practice in Richmond, before becoming the first African American appointed to the Richmond General District Court. Brother Lenny was initiated into Omega by way of the Zeta Chapter.
Brother Richard Lambert studied mortuary science and became the owner and president of the largest Black-owned funeral home in Richmond, Scott’s Funeral Home). Brother Richard was initiated into Omega by way of the Zeta Chapter.
Thank you once again for Walking the Ward with us.
Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!
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