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Brother Earl Clarence Anderson came to Baton Rouge to attend the School for the Blind in 1926. He then enrolled at Southern University in the Fall of 1935 with plans to major in Music Education. Bro. Anderson, an accomplished saxophonist, was hired to play with bands and artists in Louisiana, and surrounding counties in Mississippi.
During his freshman year at Southern University, he heard about a Fraternity that believed "friendship is essential to the soul." He was invited to a Smoker to meet the men of Omega and learn about the principles upon which Omega Psi Phi is founded. A few weeks later, he submitted a letter requesting acceptance in the Lampados Club. He joined the club in April 1936, a couple of weeks before the second group of neophytes was to be initiated into the fraternity. He would say "I chose Omega because they showed me no favoritism; they treated me as one of the fellows." For the next nine months, he and his line brothers would learn Omega history, sing songs, recite poems, shine shoes, and have plenty of gum, candy, and cigarettes in their cigar boxes.
Finally, five (5) young men received 100% of the brotherhood's confidence to begin probation. They would meet at Frank and Angus room, and proceed to Academic Hall to meet with the "big brothers." He described this phase as a "pleasant experience in which he did not want to return." After 1 week of "silent" probation, and 1 week of "open" probation, these 5 men entered the sacred shrine of Omega on December 18, 1936. Earl Anderson (Monroe), Angus Bates, Jr. (Shreveport), Frank Davis, Jr. (Plaquemine), Burrell Ford (Monroe), and Robert Foster (Monroe) would comprise the 3rd group of neophytes in the Beta Sigma Chapter at Southern University. While in Beta Sigma, he and Frank would serve as Dean of Pledges in 1937 and 1938.
Bro. Anderson graduated from Southern University with the Bachelor of Arts degree in Education on June 7, 1939. After graduation, he worked in the city of Monroe from 1939 to 1942. In the fall of 1942 he would return to his Alma Mater, Southern University, to open the first Sales Counter to be owned and operated by a blind "Negro" man in the United States. When asked about this new venture, he said "I think it's going to be alright when I learn what things sell-out the quickest and keep those things on hand (SU Digest, October 10, 1942).
Dr. Felton G. Clark instructed him to be professional at all times. For the next 70 years, Southernites would visit the store to buy snacks, and be amazed how he could total items without a calculator, give change, and distinguish the different paper notes given to him. Bro. Anderson received 2 awards from the Randolph Sheppard Vendors of Louisiana: 60 years of Service & Dedication in 2002, and the Platinum Anniversary Award for 70 years of Service in 2012.
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