As early as the second grade, Tybre discovered a passion for American history. Urged to pursue his passion, his grandmothers have taken him on journeys to explore our heritage from Washington DC to Mount Rushmore.
That passion also took him to Selma, Alabama for a remembrance of the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” crossing of the Edmond Pettus Bridge in 2018. That’s where civil rights advocates were violently attacked by police. Tybre sought to meet one of the heroes of the civil rights movement, Congressman John Lewis, who was beaten on the bridge.
That meeting in Selma sparked a solid bond between the legendary civil rights leader as a mentor to Tybre. It also inspired him to be involved as a young advocate for human rights, social and racial justice and common-sense gun control at numerous rallies and peaceful demonstrations.
Lewis invited Tybre to the halls of Congress to meet his new friend. Upon Lewis’ diagnosis of a terminal disease, Tybre was asked to read Lewis’ favorite poem, Invictus, at his funeral. In March 2020, Tybre joined Lewis in walking across the Pettus Bridge to honor the 55th anniversary of the landmark civil rights event. Then in July of the same year, the 12-year-old recited Invictus during Lewis’ funeral at Dr. Martin Luther King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church.
By following his passion for history and social justice, Tybre has met numerous dignitaries, including Vice-President Kamala Harris, and become a young spokesperson for important social justice issues that have quickly thrust him into the national spotlight. He has been featured on network shows on CBS Morning News, ABC News and CNN and in USA Today, Atlanta Journal, and the Nashville Tennessean, Southern Living and many more.
For his actions, Tybre has been awarded a full college scholarship to Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. He likewise drew the attention of Boyz II Men’s Nathan Morris who organized a Go Fund Me effort that raised nearly $100,000 so that Tybre’s quest for learning and mission to become an advocate and leader of the future will not be encumbered. Tybre plans include a run for the U.S. Presidency in that future.
Today, Tybre continues his mission that was set forth by his mentor to attain good grades and the pursuit of “Good Trouble” that can benefit America’s future by reducing hate. He has appeared before numerous groups who have asked him to tell his story and share his vision for the future. Tybre is convinced that history provides insight on what occurred in the past but does not need to negatively impact our future.
Tybre is pursuing good grades and is a member of his school’s football team and ready for his next great step in life.