By Brother David L. Carl
In celebration of Black History Month, the Metropolitan Transit Authority Bridges and Tunnels Diversity Council honors the legacy of Brother Joseph Lincoln Parker. Brother Parker, and African American pioneer in architectural engineering, contributed greatly to many of the largest public transportation projects in New York history. Brother Parker, initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. through Gamma Chapter, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1923. Majoring in urban design, Parker became an authority on tunnel construction, making his life’s work the planning and construction of the New York subway and tunnel system.