The Norfolk Kappas honored one of their own by naming the chapter’s annual Black History Month event, The Clarence F. Nelson, Jr. Black History Month Scholarship & Community Service Awards Breakfast. During the event last Saturday, they gave Nelson an achievement plaque and also gave tribute to Kappa William H. Milligan, Jr. for 60 years of contributions to the Hampton Roads community.
Nelson, Jr. is a 49-year financial member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and he has served for 19 years as the Chairman of the Norfolk (VA) Alumni Chapter/ Save Our Youth Foundation Inc.
During that time, he has led in raising $125,000+, awarding over 125 scholarships, and recognizing 300+ youth for academic and community achievements.
Keynote speaker T. Kenneth Escoe delivered a poignant message to the 15 students receiving this year’s scholarships and to the Booker T. Washington students from the Kappas’ Guide Right Program.
Escoe, a native of Hampton Roads and now a Chicago businessman, told the youth that the secret to success is to pursue excellence in all their endeavors.
He noted qualities such as being passionate, sticking to the tasks at hand, setting goals, and maintaining a positive attitude would help them achieve a productive adult life.
“You have the pay the cost to be the boss,” he encouraged them.
State Delegate Cliff Hayes presented a State Resolution lauding Mr. Milligan for his achievements over the years as a leader in architectural design. He has been a major contributor to the lengthy tenure of the Livas architectural firm.
Others on the program included John “JP” Paige, Master of Ceremonies; Rev. Joshua N. King, Sr.; Clarence Tucker; Dr. Melinda Boone; Dr. George Reed; Dr. Robert Campbell; Tony Harrison; and Joseph L. Wiggins.
Greetings from the city were delivered by Councilwoman Angelia Williams-Graves and entertainment was provided by the Boys Choir of Hampton Roads. The Norfolk Sheriff’s Honor Guard presented Colors, and Delvin A. Joppy sang the National Anthem.
A. Keith Chapman is the chapter’s Polemarch and William H. Milligan III heads the NAC-Save our Youth Foundation.