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The James L. Usher Community Service Award was named in honor of Eta Boule of Sigma Pi Phi’s first Sire Archon (President), James L. Usher. The Usher award is presented to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the St. Louis community and/or in service to the fraternity.  The award is presented at the Eta Boule Foundation’s annual Salute to Fathers  & Mentors Benefit concert.


Halbert Sullivan is the Founding President/CEO of Fathers’ Support Center St. Louis (FSC).  When FSC was incorporated on December 10, 1997, it was the first organization of its kind in the State of Missouri. FSC is recognized nationally as an authority on father involvement.  FSC promotes the fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives through intensive job training, group therapy, community service, and parenting workshops. Mr. Sullivan has been the recipient of many awards including the“ Martin Luther King Jr. Award” presented by St. Louis University and the Urban League,  “Distinguished Alumni Award” presented by the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and the 2017 Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award at the 18th Annual Salute to Excellence in Business Awards & Networking Luncheon.


Mr. Sullivan has served as the Primary Investigator or Co-Investigator on several research projects, including Engaging Fathers in Positive Parenting, Family Formation & Employment Placement; Healthy Relationship Skills for Fragile Families; and the Parents and Children Together Reach Project conducted by Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, D.C.


Mr. Sullivan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Fontbonne University and a Certificate for Business Management and a Master of Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. FSC has served more than 15,000 fathers and families, transitioning non-participating fathers to a position of involvement and equity in the lives of over 40,000 children.

CEO of Fathers Support Center



Dr. John A. Wright is a native of St. Louis, MO and a graduate of Sumner High School.  He went on to earn a BA degree from Harris Teacher College (now Harris Stowe State University) and a MEd and Ph. D from St. Louis University in School Administration.  John has completed post-graduate work as a Fulbright Scholar in India, Harvard, Dartmouth College Loyola University in Chicago and Columbia University in New York. John has had a long and distinguished career in education.  He served in positions ranging from classroom teacher to assistant superintendent of schools, in St. Louis, Webster Groves, and Ferguson –Florissant public school districts. While serving as superintendent in Kinloch School District he was the only African-American superintendent in the State of Missouri and one of a very few in the nation. John passion for education and history has taken him around the world establishing educational exchanges and study groups in Thailand, Aruba, China, Brazil, Senegal, Morocco Greece, Argentina, Peru, Vietnam, and Egypt. He is an avid writer and is an author of fifteen books on St. Louis regional history.


John has been a very active member of the community and has served on numerous boards and commissions including Missouri Public Charter School Commission, St. Louis Center for International Relations, Missouri History Museum, Regional Arts Commission and St. Louis Council on Foreign Relations. John has received numerous awards over the years Harris Stowe State University Distinguish Alumni Award, Missouri Department of Education Pioneer Award and the St. Louis Foundation Lifetime Achievement award. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  He has been a member of Eta Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity since 1988, serving as Grapter, Chairman of Archive Committee and Sire Archon. He married Sylvia Henley Wright.  They have three sons, John Jr., David and Curtis, and nine grandchildren.

Author / Historian



Johnny Furr, Jr. is a native of St. Louis, MO and a former Anheuser-Busch corporate executive.  During his 32 year career with Anheuser-Busch, he served in a variety of leadership positions. Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Vice President Sales Development, Vice President, Urban Marketing, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Director, Mid-Atlantic Sales Division. As an Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Corporate Officer, he served on Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Board of Directors and Management Committee. He served as Chairman of the Anheuser-Busch Foundation and Chairman of the Executive Diversity Council.  Upon retirement, in 2010, he launched Furr Strategy Group, LLC (public affairs consultant company) and St. Louis Cares Mentoring Movement. Johnny has been very active in the community, not only in his roles with AB, but also serving on national boards of the NAACP, National Cares Mentoring Movement, and numerous St. Louis boards i.e. United Way, Urban League, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and Herbert Hoover Boy & Girls Club, etc.


Johnny graduated from Sumner High School, in 1973 and received a full basketball scholarship to attend St. Louis University. There he earned a B.A. degree in Communications/Marketing.  He has also received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Harris Stowe State University.  Johnny is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and since 2002 he has been an active member of Eta Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He served as Chairman of the Membership Council and Chairman of Committee to Establish Eta Boule Foundation. He conceived and Chaired Eta Boule Foundation’s 2017 and 2018 Salute to Fathers & Mentors Fundraising concert. He also served as Sire Archon (2017-2018). He currently serves a member of Eta Boule Foundation Board of Directors. Johnny is married to Minga Shelton Furr and they have two daughters Stacy and Jasmine and two grandsons (Stacy sons) Devan and Donovan.

Former Anheuser- Busch Executive



Judge Charles Shaw was born in Jackson, Tennessee and reared in St. Louis, MO.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harris Stowe State University and an MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 1974 he attained his law degree at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was admitted to practice law in Missouri and the District of Columbia. From 1987 until his elevation to the federal bench in 1993, Judge Shaw was a Circuit Court Judge in the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis. Prior to his state judicial service, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1980 to 1987, practiced with St. Louis firm of Lashly & Baer from 1976to 1980, and was an enforcement litigation attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. from 1974 to 1976.


Judge Shaw was recommended for the federal bench by United States Representative William L. Clay. He was thereafter nominated by President Clinton, confirmed by the United States, Senate and commissioned to the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, on November 22, 1993. He has served on many boards and committees for various philanthropic organizations as well as bar associations. Judge Shaw is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his service and accomplishments including Most Distinguished Achievement Awards from his law school and college.  Judge Shaw has been a member of Eta Boule of Sigma Pi Phi since 1988. He has served the fraternity as Chair of the Membership Council, Agogos and Sire Archon. Judge Shaw is married to Kathleen Ingram Shaw they have a son Bryan and one granddaughter and two twin grandsons.

United States District Judge



John E. Jacob is a native of Houston, Texas.  John has had two outstanding careers, as a corporate executive and U.S. Civil Rights Leader. He is a former Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. (1994-2008). He served on Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Board of Directors and as a member of the company’s Strategy Committee and Business Practices Committee.  He also served as Chairman of the Anheuser Busch ‘s Charitable Contributions Committee. Reporting directly to Chairman & CEO August Busch III. Jacob played a vital role in all U.S. and International business matters.  John retired from Anheuser Busch in 2008. John has served on over 16 corporate and charitable boards. i.e. Morgan Stanley, Coca-Cola Enterprise, LTV  Corporation, Continental Insurance Company, National Westminster Bancorp USA, Legal Aid Society and The Drucker  Foundation, etc.


Before joining Anheuser-Busch Jacob had a 30-year career with the Urban League.  In 1965, he joined the Washington, D.C. Urban League as Director of Education and Youth Incentives then as Acting President. Then in 1970, he was selected to be the President & CEO of the San Diego, California Urban League and in 1975 he was appointed President & CEO Washington, D.C.  Urban League.  In 1979 he was selected as the first Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the National Urban League. Then in 1982, Jacob was named President & CEO of the National Urban League.  During his term as President of the National Urban League, Jacob pushed for social and economic justice for African-Americans and other minority groups. Jacob has received numerous awards and honors for his civil right advocacy i.e. NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, National Action Network Keepers of the Dream Award, etc.  Jacob earned both his B.A. degree in economics and M.S.W degree in Social Work at Howard University.  Jacob is a Life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity since 1981. Jacob and his wife Barbara have a daughter Sheryl and a granddaughter Nichelle.

Former U.S. Civil Rights Leader & Former Anheuser- Busch Executive