May 5, 2017

AFF Community

Reaching New Audiences for Liberty in Jackson

By: Roger Custer

Nic Lott has a habit of blazing trails.

He was the first African-American student body president at the University of Mississippi.

He worked for President George W. Bush, Senator Trent Lott, Gov. Haley Barbour, and Congressman J.C. Watts.  Now, he works for Governor Phil Bryant as director of special compliance operations for renewal recovery.

He was selected for Who’s Who in Black Mississippi, Top 40 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal, VIP Magazine’s “Top 10 Fascinating People” and the Business Chronicle’s “Young Guns: Top Business and Community Leaders.”

He appears as a political commentator and guest on multiple outlets including CNN, Fox News, WRBJ, WJSU, and WMPN.

He also leads AFF Jackson and holds innovative events that attract new audiences to a free market perspective.

Nic says, “I’m honored to lead an inspiring team of brilliant eager liberty activists. I welcome the opportunity to spread our ideas across the metro area. It’s important that we never forget that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” It is a pleasure to be a part of an organization that cultivates young professionals to become advocates for freedom. AFF is committed to the preservation of liberty.”

One innovative event in 2016 was a partnership with the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC).  They hosted a discussion about the cultural and political factors that result in young professionals and recent college graduates leaving Mississippi in record numbers.

AFF Jackson member Amile Wilson explains,

“The collaboration with AFF and MHC served to extend both audiences and leverage a more balanced panel. As attendees flooded into Hal-and-Mal’s iconic bar, left-leaning and moderate individuals were exposed to ideas of free market and social liberty – individuals who never would have attended an event sponsored by AFF alone. Similarly AFF friendly freedom advocates were brought into the audience and discussion panels of the MHC, a task the organization has struggled with over the years.”

Wilson highlights how, “working together, AFF assured that [new] audiences who showed up actually heard free-market based policy solutions.”