Albert grew up in a poverty-stricken community in Jackson, MS. He saw many negative influences that threatened his future but was determined not to allow his negative environment to dictate his future. Albert has reclaimed and rebuilt Mississippi communities in order to give our youths a sense of hope and security, and an ability to dream. Albert has given voice to the voiceless, help to the helpless, defense to needy, and encouragement to the discouraged.
Albert was born 8th of 16, children to Mr. Howard and Mildred Wilson. His parents who grew up in the late 40s, stressed the one thing they were denied “an education”. He attributes his foundation of faith, family values, and zeal to serve others to his parents.
Albert’s personal commitment to break the cycle of poverty, violence, and helplessness, marks every aspect of his work. Through his nonprofit center, Albert has developed self-help programs that focus on strengthening students, families, and the community emotionally, financially, physically, intellectually and spiritually. His projects promote education, values, positive attitudes and high levels of self-esteem, and encourages participants to avoid alcohol, drugs, crime, and other at-risk behaviors. In addition to creating services that are normally non-accessible, unaffordable, or simply don’t exist, Albert has also devoted countless hours linking individuals to agencies they are in need of.
Under Albert’s leadership for more than 25 years, Genesis and Light has offered services in Illinois and Mississippi cities of Jackson, Natchez, Hazlehurst, Yazoo City, Tunica, Forest, Canton, Greenville, Durant and Utica. Afterschool services have impacted over 30,000 disadvantaged youth and summer programs reached over 10,000 disadvantaged youth. The organization also produces stage plays, putting on eight productions with over 50 performances by over 160 drama club members. Quality of life has improved for over 600 senior citizens. Mississippians also support the business by renting the facility for special events, and the center has organized more than 50 empowerment seminars, community fairs and other ceremonies. Genesis and Light has employed over 250 individuals, offered volunteer work to over 3,000 and has helped 50 individuals find employment – evidence of Wilson’s experience leading Mississippians to new economic and educational opportunities.
Albert put his corporate ambitions on hold when he moved back to Jackson, MS in 1994, where he became a community organizer, founder and executive director of a Non-profit organization “Genesis and Light Center”. This community-based organization seeks to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment. Albert professional attributes include more than 25 years of experience in the fields of business, technology, social service and community development. Before choosing to follow his passion of becoming full-time executive director of Genesis and Light Center, Albert worked in the corporate world as a computer professional for companies including MCI Worldcom and Fermi Laboratories, Batavia, IL. Albert turned down lucrative jobs in the corporate world to return to Mississippi to lead a successful gasoline boycott called “the Million Mississippian March”, Crime Prevention rallies, Opioid Awareness Seminars, Campaigns Against Literacy, Healthy Snack Initiatives, Senior Citizen Socials, and Voter registration drives, and many other movements to improve the lives, liberties, and living condition of Mississippians. Albert is very active in communities of Mississippi and He continuously gives back to our State. He also serves as a motivational speaker and mentor at churches, local schools, and a positive role model to inner-city youth. Albert dedicates much of his time and expertise in assisting economically disadvantaged communities, families, senior citizens, veterans and military family members.