Stories

Oral Histories: Southern Voices

  • Hollis Watkins: Freedom Summer

    A veteran of the civil rights movement, Hollis Watkins founded Southern Echo, a leadership development, education and training organization working to develop effective, accountable grassroots leadership in rural Mississippi and the surrounding region.

    Watkins and Southern Echo have been instrumental in challenging redistricting in Mississippi,...

    Hollis Watkins
  • Ralph Paige: Origins of the Southern Cooperative Movement & the Federation of Southern Cooperatives

    Ralph Paige has served the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund for 30 years, 15 as Executive Director. The Federation improves the quality of rural life through housing, community credit unions, cooperatives and training programs. It helps small farmers access the full range of USDA programs and keeps thousands of landowners informed of their rights and...

  • Scott Douglas: Vision & New Leadership

    Scott Douglas is the Executive Director of Greater Birmingham Ministries. Before joining the staff of GBM, Scott served as Environmental Justice Organizer for the Sierra Club Southeast, Executive Director of the Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice, and Southern Field Representative for the Partnership for Democracy Foundation. Douglas serves on the boards of AIDS...

    Scott Douglas
  • Sophia Bracy Harris: Generational Transition

    Sophia Bracy Harris is Executive Director of the Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama (FOCAL) and Alabama Director of the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Economic and Social Justice (SRBWI). Her lifelong dedication to improving educational opportunities for children and their families has been recognized with the...

    Sophia Bracy Harris
  • Sophia Bracy Harris: Building Strong Communities

    Sophia Bracy Harris is Executive Director of the Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama (FOCAL) and Alabama Director of the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Economic and Social Justice (SRBWI). Her lifelong dedication to improving educational opportunities for children and their families has been recognized with the...

    Sophia Bracy Harris