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Down in the Mississippi Delta | Ty Pinkins | TEDxBea...

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  • 10 months ago
The Mississippi Delta still remains one of the most poverty-stricken and deprived regions in the country. That poverty affects no one more than youths living in underserved communities scattered throughout the Delta.

Ty talks about the importance and power of exposing youth from underserved communities to the social, cultural, and economic capital necessary for them to have a chance to pull themselves up out of poverty. Providing them with access to experiences, examples, and resources that exist outside their normal circumstances, is their civil rights cause today.

Having grown up chopping cotton as a child in the Mississippi Delta, he uses his story and experience as an example of what exposure to social, cultural, and economic capital can lead to. Co-Founder and President of the Pyramid Project, Retired Army Officer, Georgetown University Law Student

Ty Pinkins is a retired Army Officer with 21 years of service. His more than two-decades service in the Army culminated with him serving as a Communications Aide to President Obama. He is the co-founder and President of the Pyramid Project Youth Organization, where he works to empower youth from underserved and marginalized communities by exposing them to resources and tools to help them transform their lives and reach their goals.

Ty is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He is currently attending Georgetown University Law Center and plans to return to Mississippi to use the lessons he has learned to advocate for people in underserved communities. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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