King Zulu 2000 - Roy E. Glapion, Jr.King Zulu

Roy E. Glapion, Jr.

 Sadly, King Zulu for 2000, Roy Glapion Jr., a city councilman and longtime member of Zulu, passed away on December 28, 1999. In his honor, the Zulus voted unanimously not to elect a replacement king. His daughter, Desiree Glapion Rogers continued to reign as Queen Zulu.

"Under Glapion's leadership, Zulu changed with the times and became a more racially integrated organization. It also became more civic-mindedraising money to fight sickle cell anemia and sponsoring trips to the zoo and other outings for inner-city kids. The club began incorporating religious services into its annual anniversary celebration, and launched a choir, the Zulu Ensemble. Glapion championed, if not instigated, all of these efforts.

"Roy had vision for the club...He was really trying to get the community to understand that we weren't just about dancing  and partying and stuff like that....You had to see the guy in action. He would never raise his voice. He was always logical. He would look you right in the eye with that little soft delivery of his, and he hit right to the salient point. And you couldn't deny that. You might not agree with him, but you had to respect him."
 Thomas Price

 On January 3, following a Mass at the St. Louis Cathedral, the Zulus honored Glapion with a traditional jazz funeral procession one of the most elaborate ever staged by the club. Accompanied by brass bands and Zulus in full regalia, a lacquered black hearse drawn by a team of four white horses transported Glapion's body from the church to the ZuluMardi Gras Unmasked clubhouse. Pallbearers then conveyed the casket into a white hearse limousine. King Zulu 2000 was laid to rest at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Roy E. GlapionCouncilman Roy E. Glapion, Jr. received a B.S. degree from Xavier University and a certificate in Corrective Therapy from Tuskegee Institute in 1958. Councilman received a M. ED. from Southern University in 1977.

 Councilman Glapion was a teacher and coach in the New Orleans Public School System for 24 years, and served 12 years as Coordinator of Athletics and the Athletic Director for the New Orleans Public School System before being elected councilman in May, 1974.

 Councilman Glapion also served on professional organizations:

  • Louisiana Association of Public School Adult Education
  • UTNO
  • National Association of Public School Adult Education (NAPSAE)
  • Vice President of the Senior High Schools 1973 to 1982
  • Louisiana Association of Health Physical Education and Recreation (LAHER)
  • American Legion Post 555
  • Canal Street Development Corporation
  • Louisiana High School Athletic Director’s Association
  • National Inter Scholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA)
  • Urban League of Grater New Orleans
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1749
  • Prince Hall Grand Lodge F&AM Berry Lodge II

The Governor of Louisiana appointed Councilman Glapion to the State Parks and Recreation Commission in 1981. The Mayor appointed him to the Mardi Gras Coordinating Committee, City Park Board of Commissioners, Municipal Yacht Harbor and the French Market Corporations.  The City Council appointed him as the Chairman for the Rivergate/Gaming Committee, Budget Committee, Utilities Committee, Cable Committee, Sanitation Committee and the Election/Recodification Committee.

 Councilman Glapion has received the following awards:

  • Certificate of Merit, Mayor Marc H. Morial - 1996 -
  • Liberty Bank Track Meet Honoree - 1996 -
  • Certificate of Merit, Mayor Barthelemy, City of New Orleans - 1989, 90 & 93 -
  • Distinguished Service Award, Louisiana High School Athletic Association
  • 1990 Hall of Fame, Zulu Club, Inc. - 1989 -
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, Senator J. Bennett Johnston - 1988 -
  • Certificate of Appreciation, U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service - 1988 -
  • Certificate of Appreciation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 1987 -
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Mayor Dutch Morial - 1982 -
  • Certificate of Merit, City of New Orleans - 1979 -

Councilman Glapion was affiliated with social clubs such as Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Inc., where he was the President from 1976-1988, Ex-Officio Member from 1988-1990 and Chairman of the Board from 1990 to 1999 and the Mustang Club from 1965 to 1999.

 Councilman Glapion married the former Joyce Smith. Survived by two children, Desireé and Roy Anthony. They also have three grandchildren, Victoria, Dillon and Dalton. The Glapion´s are the owners of Tommy Tucker Preschool and Glapion´s Preschool.

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