Stories of change about issues that matter

The Story of the South is the Story of America

The South’s growing Black, Latinx and AAPI populations, increasing LGBTQ+ visibility, and mix of rural and urban communities, make it rich with culture—and opportunity.

Its legacy of abolition, reconstruction and desegregation is alive today in movements for reproductive justice, voting rights, transgender equality and workers’ rights. Southerners are joining forces to show America what’s possible when it confronts its history, reconciles with its differences, and reimagines a more perfect, more just union together.

This video will be played via Able Player, which allows users to vary the playback speed and to access captions, audio descriptions, and interactive and accessible transcripts. Learn more about inclusive media at Rooted in Rights.

Read the stories of the South

The Changing Face of Advocacy

It’s a familiar cycle: money and attention swoop into swing states during an election, then leave without any lasting benefit for local communities. But advocacy groups are shifting the paradigm by building the power of people too often neglected by political machinery.

Read the story

Top stories

See all posts

How to Truly Thank Essential Workers

Low-wage workers have borne the brunt of COVID-19, but the US economy was broken long before the pandemic. Our grantees teamed up with workers across the country to reimagine a future of work that works for everyone.

This video will be played via Able Player, which allows users to vary the playback speed and to access captions, audio descriptions, and interactive and accessible transcripts. Learn more about inclusive media at Rooted in Rights.

Our big ideas

See more

Illustration by Olha Khorimarko