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Tau Lambda Lambda chapter takes on illiteracy

Maurice Dunn  | Published on Sunday, August 30, 2015
On August 30, 2015, the men of the Tau Lambda Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 

in partnership with Forever Free Books, hosted the Books, Boys n Cuts initiative at The Barber 

Lounge for Men in Waldorf.

In a continued effort to support Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Assault on Illiteracy Program, Tau 

Lambda Lambda partnered up with Forever Free Books, a locally acclaimed literacy program. 

The program circulates high-quality free books into student homes as well as holds sessions 

where volunteers read out loud with children to promote and encourage individual and shared 

reading as a family activity. Boys, ranging in age from preschool through middle school, were 

invited to attend the event which also included story time, book giveaways and free haircuts.

Reading experts agree that reading aloud to children may be one of the most important things 

that adults can do to prepare kids for success in school.  Their vocabulary is enriched; they learn 

new information and the experiences of their world are expanded.  Being read to can ultimately 

create a love for books and generate a desire to read. 

Committee Chair Kevin Turner stated, “It's a good feeling when you see how excited the 

children get about being read to and you are helping to promote the joy of reading”.

Championing the importance of reading is nothing new to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, as the 

Assault on Illiteracy Program had its conceptual roots established in January of 1980, when a 

group of publishers associated with Black Media, Inc. (BMI) was made aware that 

approximately 44% of African Americans could neither read nor comprehend beyond the 4th 

grade. Omega Psi Phi and numerous other national organizations joined together to attack and 

ultimately reduce and eradicate illiteracy among African Americans through reading tutorial 

programs and other efforts.

Tanya Barnett, founder of Forever Free Books, and avid book lover, stated that her 

organization’s mission is “to jump-start home libraries for disadvantaged children by conducting 

literacy events and distributing books in their communities, in order to foster a love for reading 

and to close the education achievement gap.”

As a surprise the men of Tau Lambda Lambda present Mrs. Barnett, with a check for $500 and 

new books donated from 2nd District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. 

Daniel Prater, the Basileus (president) of Tau Lambda Lambda, stated that “Tanya does so much 

to promote Assault on Illiteracy, it was the least that we could do.”

Special thanks to Sharon Harper and her team at The Barber Lounge for Men.

For more information on Forever Free Books and how to support the group, contact Barnett 

at 202-688-5922 or email info@foreverfreebooks.org. It also can be found on Facebook.

For more information on Tau Lambda Lambda’s Assault on Illiteracy and other social action 

programs, please visit www.southernmdques.org.