The Soul Of My Footprints Founder Alfie B. Jelks is Today’s Honoree

Minister Alfie B. Jelks, the second child of three siblings who were reared in a single parent home by their mother, Laura West,was born March 14,1968 in Tuskegee,AL. He has one son. Alfie attended schools in the Muscogee County School District,having graduated from Kendrick High School in 1986. He continued his education at Chattahooche Valley Community College with an AS(1995) in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Troy University with a BS(2005) in Theology, On November 9,2009, Alfie was commission in the United States Army Reserve as a chaplain.

In 2000, he began his humanitarian journey to Jinja,Uganda with only one credit card, no sponsors, and no personal ties to anyone there; needless to say, this task was simply faith-driven. Seeking to literally clothe the naked. feed the hungry, and teach and preach faith and hope to the  weary and downtrodden, Alfie made a second trip to Africa in 2001. In march 2007, he made a third trip, but not before getting the city of Columbus and surrounding areas involved. As a result, over one thousand pairs of shoes were donated to the people of Jinja, Uganda.

Alfie opened Alfie’s African Treasures in June 2001,selling rare and unique african artifacts and greek/fraternal paraphernalia. Because of the qick sucess of the boutique, Alfie created other avenues to impact the city by creating Alfie’s African Treasures’ Annual Cultural Show, creating a stage for African Americans to display their gifts and talents and for the youth to be exposed to culture. As a businessperson, Alfie has been tremendously exposed to the Muscogee County Schools by going into schools and other organizations teaching the audiences about African culture. Some of  his local contributions include Boys and Girls Club, Big Brother Big Sisters of Columbus, Wellness Center, Columbus State University’s African Student  Organization, Black History Museum, and the Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home.

Alfie is an assistant pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in the East Highland neighborhood of Columbus. Antioch is a place where there is no rest for the weary. His mantra is ” People should desire to be great and not just successful, because great people serve others, while successful people only serve themselves.”

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