RECLAIMING THE SOUTH
“This work not only allows you to let go of presumptions but actually learn to embrace a place because of the people - that’s a true testament of culture and who we are - the people.”
There are the daytrippers, and then there are the people who live here. These groups look different, have different incomes, and there’s a lower level of expectations for New Orleans residents. But Leavoy and her colleagues at DFER don’t accept the dichotomy without a fight.
Maacah’s magazine is making space where there previously was none. Not only is belladonna magazine Birmingham’s first fashion magazine, it’s the first black-owned fashion publication to be released nationally in years. What prompted her to create this publication amidst the inertia of the local fashion industry?
Amy Stelly believes affluence in New Orleans is what affects the racial divides. That’s still apparent today, as you scroll through Craigslist to find temporary housing in the city. The rentals available in neighborhoods like Uptown and the Garden District go for almost twice the amount per room as the rentals in Treme, or the 7th Ward. Amy’s family moved into the Treme neighborhood after the first years of her life were spent Uptown, a traditionally white part of town.
And really, New Orleans does not need your fear. We need the world to do more than see us a trashcan filled with panhandlers they can tour for a weekend in the early spring. We need the country to see us in its future, so we can prepare for it.
The question: Who is telling the stories of changemakers in the American South?
The answer, six months later, is what we hoped it would be: We are.
With the readiness and zeal of the biergarten’s goat mascot, James and his team have launched the Airr brand to success. Now, he hopes to do the same for entrepreneurs all over Montgomery, even the ones who don’t know they are entrepreneurs yet.
In a majority black city with a 30% underemployment rate where 18-30 year olds comprise the highest low-income demographic, Monique is doing something extraordinary. As a young black woman entrepreneur, she’s paving the way for others to follow their dreams while showing them how to get there by being an example herself.
They're educating the South's future game changers while trying to still fix a broken education system student by student. They're confronting the present while building the future. Read more to learn how Taylor and Nicole are stepping up and stepping out.
The conditions for nonprofit growth in Montgomery are grim, but hardy people like Charles and his partner Jonathan Peterson (JP) show us that nonprofits can thrive regardless of the systemic barriers to funding that stand in their way.
Folks from pro-choice advocates, state legislators, college students, and anti-choicers know her as the pink-haired, pro-choice woman. And while that is part of her identity, there’s so much more to it. She’s also a soldier and a strategist. Her battle? Protecting reproductive rights in the heart of Alabama. Montgomery’s own Reproductive Rights Warrior.
Adrienne’s story represents faith, family, and the plight of those who dare to run at our most pressing challenges head on. She is Southern and she is here to stay.
You’re going to know how deeply he cares about the success of students before he even tells you who he is. (And you’ll already have agreed to be a part of the cause before you realize you don’t know his first name.)
As a black woman and Alabama native whose number one priority is loving others, Erin has quite a story. A story that, thankfully for the rest of the world, is far from over.
The legacy of the Civil Rights Movement lives through the city and in our conversation I began to realize how much of it lives through Jordan.
When you meet Ashley, you notice immediately how effortless her charisma seems. She is invitingly confident and has the sort of laughter that shakes a room.
"I want everyone here today, as we think about each of our identities and roles that we claim, to think about if ‘feminist’ is one of those identities. and if it isn’t, i encourage you to think about why that’s the case and why maybe it should be an identity you claim."