Bethany College will welcome Alvin Sykes, civil and human rights activist, on March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Pearson Chapel. Sykes is best known for his work, research, writing and garnering bipartisan congressional support for the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Act. President George Bush signed the “Emmett Till Bill” into law in 2008.
Having stopped his formal schooling as a teenager, Sykes accessed the Kansas City Public Library information systems to become familiar with legal precedents and background information on the death of Emmett Till as well as to learn the process and procedures needed to bring a law before the United States Congress.
Sykes is currently working on a second bill that will extend the content and the funding of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Act into the future.
Alvin Sykes also works tirelessly on smaller, less well-known social justice issues, relying on his expert knowledge and research skills developed in the public library to develop background and document precedence for each issue.
His visit to the Bethany College campus is sponsored by The Human Agenda, Kansas City, Kansas, and The Bethany College Alumni Great Ideas Circle. The presentation is free and open to the public.