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23 Miles and Running
23 Miles and Running
by Ty Pinkins


 
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New Degree Press (02/2020)
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In 23 Miles and Running, Ty Pinkins shares his amazing, inspiring, and uplifting journey from growing up chopping cotton in the Mississippi Delta to sleeping in the White House. As a child Pinkins moved from plantation to plantation, depending on where his dad found work. When he was thirteen, his dad shook him awake early one morning before the sun rose. He climbed onto the rear of an old beat-up truck with men twice his age. After driving several miles, the old truck stopped. He climbed off and stood in the middle of a long dirt road. As the sun began to peek over the horizon, he stared silently at the seemingly never-ending rows and rows of freshly grown cotton still moist with early morning dew.

“Chopping cotton was grueling, back-breaking work.” Pinkins says. “There were times when those cotton fields nearly broke me down. However, over time, I realized how that experience actually built me up! It prepared me for the incredible journey ahead—leading all the way to the White House.”

Pinkins shares that journey with a deep sense of humility and an understanding that he is not an anomaly. Just as there were many others like him walking those rows of cotton back then, still today, there are many children in the Mississippi Delta growing up in poverty.

TY PINKINS is co-founder and President of the Pyramid Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing youth from underserved communities to the social, cultural, and economic capital necessary to help fulfill their dreams. He is dedicated to public service and is passionate about helping people who feel that the odds are stacked against them, particularly people in underserved communities like the one in which he was raised. Ty is a decorated veteran who served 21 years in the military—including three combat tours.

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