Alvin Madden-Grider

Organizer Apprentice

At 9 years old Alvin accompanied his mom to the Jefferson County polls on Election Day, leafleting voters in support of new school taxes to improve education for students with learning disabilities. As teachers, writers, journalists and parents, Alvin and his spouse/partner Fannie have advocated and organized for civil rights, education, prisoner rights, First Amendment freedoms, environmental protection and voter rights for 40 years. Alvin taught writing and journalism at Morehead State, Shawnee State and Ohio's maximum-security prison in Lucasville. Alvin and Fannie are members of the Rowan County KFTC chapter. They have organized for health care, pension reform, immigration and voter rights during the last year. Alvin grew up in Middletown. His family roots are from Appalachia, where he has lived since 1974. He has two grown children, a son and daughter, and a grandson living in Morehead.