Celebration of Bro Herman J. Russell
The family of Brother Herman J. Russell, Sr. entrepreneur and founder of the nation’s largest Black owned construction and real estate firm, who made his transition on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in his hometown Atlanta, Georgia. Brother Russell started the H.J. Russell Company as a small plastering company in Atlanta, and led the company to become the builder of much of the Atlanta skyline. He was also the first African American to serve on the city’s Chamber of Commerce, and the second African American male to serve as the Chamber’s president. Over his seven decades in the real estate and construction industry, Bro. Russell made his mark on the skylines of many major American cities. His company was recognized in Black Enterprise as one of the nation’s top 100 African American-owned companies every year since 1973. As a crusader in the Civil Rights movement, Bro. Russell provided financial support to the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others in the movement.
Brother Russell joined Phi Beta Sigma through the Lambda Sigma Chapter. he was a close confident and friend of the Honorable Brother R.O. Sutton, 17th International President and honored with the coveted African American Male IMAGE Award at Conclave 1991 in Las Vegas, NV, Presidential Award of Excellence in Bigger & Better Business at Conclave 2005 in Los Angeles, CA and served as the Opening Ceremony’s Keynote Speaker.