Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Back To School Rally - July 26

In Partnership with the Louisville Municipal School District, Winston County's NAACP  will hold a "Back to School Rally on Saturday,July 26 from 4- 6 pm at the Louisville High School Auditorium.

Free school supplies, entertainment and an introduction of LMSD School Staff are on the agenda. Also included is a guest speaker, Albert Sykes.

Sykes is the Director of Advocacy and Policy for the Young
People’s Project (YPP), and the proud father of three sons. This 30 year old is a 15-year veteran of YPP/The Algebra Project. Growing up around the corner from where NAACP member and civil rights activist Medgar Evers lived and died has been one of Albert’s driving forces in doing the work needed to move Mississippi and our nation forward. Albert works on both the local and national level around critical issues such as education reform, zero-tolerance policies, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Sykes advocates for policies such as Quality Education is a Constitutional Right and works in conjunction with many organizations which includes the NAACP, where he is a member of the Statewide Education Committee, and the Wisdom Foundation, where he serves as the board president. In Mississippi, Albert is also helping to lead the growth and development of a new statewide cadre of math literacy workers and young political organizers. Over the past decade, Sykes has served as an organizer for many projects and events, which include the Finding Our Folk Tour, The Gathering for Justice with Harry Belafonte and The Take Back America Conference. This organizer also served as national co-chair of the Freedom Riders 50th anniversary Youth Leadership Summit in Mississippi. Sykes has been active in the development of ITVS’ Masculinity Project content sponsored by the Ford Foundation. Albert had the honor of being one of the speakers at the SNCC 50th anniversary conference alongside Bob Moses and address the likes of Julian Bond, Marion Barry and a host of other civil rights warriors on behalf of young people all around the country. This Mississippian developed the classroom curriculum for Barack and Curtis, a film by acclaimed director Byron Hurt. Currently, Sykes serves as an organizer for the Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA) and as a national trainer for the Children’s Defense Funds Young Advocate Leadership Training (YALT). Albert has recently been named the Youth and Education Director for The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc. and serves as a co-chair for the Youth track for the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference. He is currently working on an advocacy curriculum for young people. Sykes deems it an honor to be mentored by civil rights activist Bob Moses.