“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.


“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.