Originally created 03/09/02

Former mayor visits Augusta



Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young said it is his love for humanity that has led him to great places.

He was co-chairman of the Centennial Olympic Games, was the U.S. ambassador for the United Nations and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

But Mr. Young said none of his accomplishments would have been possible if it were not for the lessons he learned as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

"The only reason for my success is that I took what the brothers taught me and used it for the rest of the world," said Mr. Young as he addressed fraternity brothers at the 71st Southern Regional Convention on Friday night at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

"I've been forever grateful for my experiences with the fraternity," he said. "We understand the special purpose for the love of humankind that we know as brothers of Alpha."

The event was part of the fraternity's celebration that will conclude Sunday. Founded in 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha is the nation's oldest Greek lettered organization founded by and for black college students.

The group has chapters in North America, Europe and Africa. The fraternity includes local chapters - Alpha Chi Lambda, the alumni chapter founded in 1935, and the Eta Alpha chapter at Paine College and Augusta State University created in 1970.

Mr. Young said the progress of the fraternity honors the most powerful man in the 20th century and a former fraternity member - Dr. King.

"Martin Luther King Jr. is important to the future because all he did, he did without destroying person or property," he said. "Either we live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools.

"We can resolve our conflicts by helping our brothers with theirs."

Albert Ross at (706) 823-3339 or albert.ross@augustachronicle.com.