Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Hosts Back to School Event in Southwest DC As Community Prepares for Return to DC Public Schools This Week

by Deborah Bailey AFRO DC Editor / August 23, 2022

L to R: Nyron Rouse, Dr. C. Michael Livingston, Jr., Ben James Brown stand ready to serve residents at the fraternity’s Lansberg Park Back to School Event

The Black community surrounding Lansburg Park in SW D.C. has seen major changes in the 14 years since the Washington Nationals Park opened in 2008. 

Members of Alpha Phi Alpha’s Omicron Eta Lambda Alumni Chapter have walked with residents through the construction of new high-rise residences, buildings, fancy new restaurants and events going on around them – but not necessarily for them.  The men of Alpha Phi Alpha have said they continue to provide programming in the community because they are present for the original members of the Southwest Community that were there when the chapter was founded.    

“We were chartered in the Southwest quadrant. Every year we try to come remember where we came from originally.  Providing service to our community is important. Covid-19 has really been hard on our communities so it’s important for Alpha Phi Alpha to be here supporting this community that represents the area where we were founded,” said Preston Mitchum, president of the Omicron Eta Lambda chapter.