APCAA Names Centennial Leadership Award In Honor Of Brother Henry Allen Stewart (Spring 1999)


FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 -- WASHINGTON, DC: The administrative centennial planning committee of the Alpha Rho Chapter Alumni Association (APCAA) announced today the establishment of the Henry Allen Stewart Centennial Leadership Award, created as a living tribute to Brother Stewart for his role in the organization's founding in 2015, and subsequent development into a recurring scholarship funding source for undergraduates at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. The prestigious recognition will also be known as "The Henny Award."

Pictured above: Members of Brother Stewart's Spring 1999 pledge line, the Intrepid 25, align in support during the March 26 Omega Chapter Service -- l-r, Brothers Ahuacan DeGruy (#25), Gareth Warren (#22), Robert Williams (#21), Andre Weathers (#20), Kennard Garrett (#18), John Baiyewu (#17), Jehu Eaves (#14), Patrick Thompson (#11), Kelly Miller Smith (#8), Alfred Dunn (#6), Jacob Qualls (#3), and Officiant Rev. Jonathan Wilkins (#2). Brother Richard Fordjour, their Chapter Dean, is featured centermost, at top.


Brother Stewart, who passed away on March 16, 2021 at the age of 43, was initiated into the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. via the Alpha Rho Chapter at Morehouse on March 27, 1999 as a member of the Intrepid 25. He became a Life Member of the fraternity in 2009.

Pictured above: Brother Stewart's pledge line, the Intrepid 25, is pictured in formation in the bottom row, joined by a second row of Alpha Rho Brothers, including l-r, Brothers Maxim Vickerie, Anthony Davis, Aty Biswese, Clarence McCollum, Keyon Payton, Richard Fordjour, Henry Goodgame, BMaynard Scarborough, Albert Sanders, Marcus Daniels, Stephen Chester and Brian McCollum. Not pictured, Brothers Gregory Burrell, John Cox, Jarrod Loadholt, Joshua McNair, and George Walker. Brother Nicholas Fletcher flanks the Intrepid 25 at the far right, front row.


The award is the first of several commemorative observances to be announced that will take place on the 100th anniversary of the day the 38th house of Alpha Phi Alpha was chartered by the fraternity. The inaugural recipient of "The Henny Award" will be recognized at the alumni association's "Great Gathering of Alpha Rho Men" on Friday, January 5, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia. Selected by panel comprised of a single representative from every initiation period dating back to 1949, each nominee for the award will encompass a similar leadership, learning and professional posture as did Brother Stewart, and be aged 43 or under at the time of nomination.

Pictured above: Brothers from the national office and the Omicron Lambda Alpha (OLA) Chapter (Washington, DC) helped to organize the March 26 Omega Chapter Service. Included above are Brothers Lucien Metellus (Eastern Region VP), Michael Taylor (Interim President OLA), Kenneth Lee, Jamie Riley (former Executive Director, Alpha National), Damon Smith, Michael Collins, Kevin Jenkins, Robert Rumley, Kenrick Kennedy, and John Johnston.


The Alpha Phi Alpha Brotherhood produced the virtual "Omega Chapter Service" for Brother Stewart on March 26 where he was recognized for his service to the national organization as the Assistant Executive Director for Marketing and Publications and Editor of The Sphinx Magazine. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a very limited number of in-person Brothers were allowed to join immediate members of the Stewart family for the observance.


Current Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. General President Dr. Willis L. Lonzer III and 35th General President Brother Everett B. Ward delivered virtual tributes during the hour-long Omega Chapter Service. Several hundred additional Brothers and guests witnessed the virtual event broadcast from Emory Fellowship at Beacon Center in his hometown of Washington, DC.

Pictured above: A complete replay of the Omega Chapter Service can be viewed on the official public Facebook page for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The direct link is: https://fb.watch/4BGxkwMJcu/

A Celebration Of Life: Henry Allen Stewart

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Pictured above: An all-Alpha contingent of Brothers served as active pallbearers during the March 27 memorial service at First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville, Maryland. They were l-r, Brothers Damon Smith, Kylan Dunn, Brian McCollum (Alpha Rho), James McClelland, Rahim Jackson, Curtis Harrington, James Thomas, and Ahuacan DeGruy (Alpha Rho).

Pictured above from the APCAA Archives: Brother Stewart (at center, top row, right of Obelisk), a chief architect of the ascension of the Alpha Rho Chapter Alumni Association (APCAA), is included in this iconic image featuring the more than 200 Alpha Rho Men who gathered Sunday, October 27, 2015 on the Atlanta, Georgia campus of Morehouse College for the dedication of their 90th Anniversary Memorial Obelisk.

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