“When you know your name, you should hang on to it, for unless it is noted down and remembered, it will die when you do.” 

-Toni Morrison, song of solom0n

 

Our Beginning

The story of Foreword South began as so often collective action does – a conversation that lead to a calling. The three of us – a social worker, an organizer, and a developer – only recently were thrust into the realities of doing “the work” in the trenches of Alabama’s capital city yet our experiences here were far from new.

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“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

 

-James Baldwin 

(As Much Truth As One Can Bear, New York Times)

 

On this platform

we will use the age-old tradition of storytelling to profile Southern visionaries, activists, designers, artists, and change-makers.

 
 

Our aim is to paint a new picture of the Southern identity.

 

Each foreword, simply an introduction but never the full story, will have one unifying theme: progress in the face of adversity. These are real southern stories of real southern people. This is Foreword South.

 
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