Fraternity looks to build bonds with Fulton school through reading program

By Auzzy Byrdsell March 28, 2024

Clyde Mitchell, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity's Omicron Phi Lambda chapter based in East Point and a former East Point councilman, reads to third graders at Asa G. Hilliard Elementary School in East Point on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. (Arvin Temkar /

There were some unfamiliar faces at Asa G. Hilliard Elementary School when classes began Wednesday.

The visitors sat in front of each classroom in the East Point school flipping through books, reading to the students.

The guest readers were members of the Omicron Phi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. The visit is part of a burgeoning effort to help raise literacy rates among Black grade school students as part of its Literacy Take Over Day.

Twenty-three members of the fraternity visited each classroom reading from “Keep Dreaming, Black Child,” by Nyasha Williams and “I Am Every Good Thing” by Derrick Barnes.

“The kids absolutely love seeing visitors come in. They were actually surprised this morning. It wasn’t something they were prepared for, so they were extra excited,” Hilliard’s principal, Tiambi Walker, said. “We want our students to see as much as they can and experience as much as they can.”