USA Today Features FAMU Student

A FAMU student is gracing the pages of a national newspaper for his work nationally, and more so for his work right here in our own community.

Turn to page 11-B of Wednesday's edition of USA Today and you'll see FAMU student Darius Graham. Graham is one of 20 outstanding students nationwide featured as part of USA Today's 2006 All-USA College Academic Team.

The article highlights the program he started, “Books All Around."

Darius says, "Our goal is to get new books into the hands of needy kids in low-income areas. We recruit student groups from around the country to implement our programs. We create libraries at community centers and give out free books."

The book giveaway at Jake Gaither Community Center back in November is one of many coordinated by graham.

Dr. Ivy Mitchell, director of the FAMU Honors Program, says, "If you can encourage kids to read and get them into that mode of reading, it will take them on through life. Even after they graduate, they will be encouraged to read."

Darius says, "Being able to go into your community and make a difference in the life of a child, there's no other experience better than that."

The article also mentions his "food for thought" forums, and his many school and community achievements.

Dr. Mitchell says, "His leadership skills, his academic ability and his community service, those three things combined work together to make him an outstanding student."

Graham plans to attend law school after graduating from FAMU April 30. Those who know him say the accomplishments listed in USA Today are only the beginning.

The 20 outstanding students were selected from more than 600 nominees. They win trophies and $2,500.