Chapter's Charter Members


Honorable Aris T. Allen, M.D.

Born in Beeville, Texas in 1910, he left school in the eighth grade after fellow students teased him about his torn clothes. He worked meager jobs before hitchhiking to Washington D.C. during the depression. At age 27, he earned a high school diploma and worked his way through Howard University and its medical school. He made his home in Annapolis, and opened his own practice. He was denied hospital privileges at Anne Arundel General Hospital, were he later became chief of staff. Politically, he served as House delegate in Maryland, was elected the first black chairman of the Republican Party, and ran for lieutenant governor. In 1980, he served as secretary to the Republican National Convention under President Reagan. To his honor, a memorial park and bust are now placed at the intersections of Chinquapin Round Road and Forest Drive where MD route 665 bears his name.


Samuel P. Callahan, D.D.S.

Dr. Callahan, an Annapolis dentist, was founder and pastor of Church of Christ in Eastport. Born in Galax, Virginia, he was raised in the coal mining town where he worked his summers in the kitchens of the local hotels. He graduated from Gary District High School in Gary, W. Virginia and Meharry Medical College in Nashville. He earned a master of divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. The congregation began in 1967 as a prayer group at his dental office located at 20 Dean Street in Annapolis. In the 1970’s, a former A&P Grocery was the home of the church. It has been enlarged many times over to accommodate the growing independent nondenominational church. He also served 2 years as a pharmacist mate in the Navy Hospital Corps.




Deacon Robert Hugh Haygood, Sr.

Brother Haygood was born in Macon, Georgia on January 26, 1926. He attended Hudson High School in Macon and South Carolina State College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Maryland and completed post-graduate work at New York University. He taught Industrial Arts education at Wiley H. Bates High, Corkran and Severn River Middle Schools. After his retirement, he became very active in his church, First Baptist of Annapolis where he was a deacon. Deacon Haygood also worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor. He was a charter member of Eta Eta Lambda, active with the connecting Links of Annapolis, the Banneker Douglas Museum and sang in the church choir. He served in the Army for 2 years.


Lawrence E. Knight

Lawrence grew up in Danville, Virginia where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry at Virginia State College. After moving to Anne Arundel County, he taught science for 11 years at Wiley H. Bates High School. He became principal of Broadneck High School where he is credited for the achievement in academics and athletics. The peninsula high school was recognized by the United States Department of Education as one of Maryland’s top schools, producing three National Merit Scholars, having teachers of the year and 88 % of its students attended college. While principal, the drop-out rate reduced from 5% to 1.9% in three years the number of advanced placement courses offered increased to 31 classes which were taken by 25% of the student body.


Jerry Harris Luck, Esq.

Jerry Luck was an attorney and resident of Annapolis. Born in Danville, Virginia, the family moved to Washington, D.C., where he graduated from Dunbar High School and received his degrees from Howard University. He worked as a civil rights attorney for the Office of General Counsel and Welfare. After retiring from the federal government, he briefly served in Maryland. He became partner of the law firm of Williams, Luck, Cunningham and Williams. He earned the Good Conduct Medal for service during World War II. Brother Luck was a member Asbury Methodist Church, the Virginia State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association. His interests include painting, horse racing and family gatherings.


Colonel James Roland Randall, M.D.

Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland in the 1930’s, Brother Randall graduated from Wiley H. Bates High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Morgan State University. He completed his Doctor of Medicine at Howard University. In 1980, Dr. Randall retired from the United States Army and served as Chief of Staff for Western State Hospital in Steilacoom, Washington. Dr. Randall was a 33rd degree Prince Hall Mason and was initiated into Beta Alpha Chapter in 1951. He was a charter member of (Eta Eta Lambda) Annapolis, Maryland, (Theta Delta Lambda) El Paso, Texas and (Iota Mu Lambda) Tacoma, Washington..




Dr. Theodore H. Johnson, M.D.

Dr. Theodore Johnson was born in Atlanta, GA. He was educated at Lincoln and Howard Universities, completed his advance study at New York, Buffalo, and Harvard Universities, his internship at Freedman's Hospital in Washington, D.C. In the mid-1940s, when the city's hospital would not admit black women to deliver their children, forcing them to travel to Washington or Baltimore, Dr. Johnson opened a maternity clinic at Northwest and Carroll streets. He also had a pharmacy on Calvert Street that served the black community. As president of the Anne Arundel Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1959 to 1962, Dr. Johnson worked for the desegregation of restaurants and hotels in Annapolis and for the promotion of African-American police officers.