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.
Glapion's leadership, Zulu changed with the times and became a
more racially integrated organization. It also became more
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.
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."
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 Zulu
clubhouse. Pallbearers then conveyed the casket into a white
hearse limousine. King Zulu 2000 was laid to rest at Mount Olivet
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
- 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
- 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 -
- 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.
Queen Desiree Glapion Rogers || Krewes
of New Orleans
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