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Down in the Mississippi Delta

Having grown up chopping cotton as a child in the Mississippi Delta, I use my story and experience as an example of what exposure to social, cultural, and economic capital can lead to.Having grown up chopping cotton as a child in the Mississippi Delta, I use my story and experience as an example of what exposure to social, cultural, and economic capital can lead to.



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. 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 at the White House Communications Agency for both Republican and Democratic Presidents.


“I went to law school with the desire to get a law degree and come back to the Mississippi Delta and work in low income communities . . ."

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. While on active duty Ty graduated from the University of Maryland Global Campus with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He is also a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center where he earned his Juris Doctorate, and his Masters of Laws Degree in National Security Law.


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