Jarvis J. Emerson, Community Services Supervisor of the Jackie Robinson Community Center was honored by Zeta Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Inc., Saturday afternoon during Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's Southern California Area Achievement Week luncheon.
The event took place at the Quiet Cannon Country Club and Golf Course, Montebello. Larry Hammond, Immediate Past Vice Basileus of Zeta Tau Chapter and member of the planning committee, told the audience that Emerson "comes from a family that has deep roots in community service."
The youngest of six children, Emerson "has dedicated his life's work to being a voice for the voiceless and in being a bridge-builder," said Hammond.
Emerson has worked as a Director of the School Board health clinic and youth services for the Watts Health Foundation, Director of the Save Our Sons program for the AME Church, Southern Conference, and Field Representative for Assemblyman Anthony Portantino.
His most loved and cherished position and for which he was honored is Community Services Supervisor for the Jackie Robinson Community Center. Emerson was presented the Chapter's Citizen of the Year award by Immediate Past Basileus William C. "Bee" Thomas.
The "Citizen of the Year" award is given each year to an individual from the community whose work has contributed to the stalwart uplift of their communities.
Emerson joined several distinguished southern California citizens who were recognized by one of the ten southern California chapters including Reverend Dr. Cecil L. Murray, Retired Pastor of FAME, Los Angeles; Reverend Johnnie Young, Inglewood School Board; Reverend Tommy Stewart, Senior Pastor, Reach Community Church, Lake Forest, Vice President at Microsoft and Regional Board Member for InRoads USA; Damon Dunn, Candidate for Mayor, City of Long Beach; Dr. Charles Moore, Owner and Lead Consultant for Moore Educational Services; and, Dr. Tyrone C. Howard, Professor of Education at UCLA, one of the foremost experts on race, culture, teaching and learning in urban schools.
Each individual has a life story to tell; it is a story of starting off in life with modest means and facing obstacles. Rev. Murray grew up and came of age while living in the deep segregated south. Yet, would live to become known world-wide as a visionary leader who has dedicated his life to providing uplift to others and to communities; then there is Damon Dunn who grew up in poverty, living in a trailer with ten family members and wore hand-me-downs and Salvation Army clothes, yet earned a scholarship to Stanford University and played football for the NFL.
[The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc is an international institution dedicated to providing servant leadership. Achievement Week events recognize and celebrate its founders by giving praise to those who have provided such leadership and community uplift.]