Stories

Southern Echo

  • Overcoming Fear: Lessons from the South

    An attempt to start a race war in America is backfiring in vibrant fashion. People of all backgrounds are mourning nine black parishioners who welcomed a white supremacist into their Bible study at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, a hallowed shrine to freedom, equality and inclusion. The congregation is overwhelmed by the condolences and donations pouring in from every state. Thousands packed...

    Scott Douglas
  • The Power of the Ballot Box

    The voting booth is a powerful place. Just look at how much effort has gone into keeping people away from it – and not just in the distant past. A cursory scan of recent headlines reveals various incarnations of modern-day struggles over suffrage.

    Take the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the ink on which will be 50 years dry this August. It’s been lauded as the most effective piece of civil...

  • Hollis Watkins: Segregated Mississippi

    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, protecting communities from landfills and...

  • Presenting "Southern Voices," an Oral History Archive

    All over the American South, civic-minded people are working to improve communities by building coalitions and breaking down barriers to opportunity. The recent commemorations on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, honored the sacrifices of those who marched 50 years ago and the gains they brought to bear on our society. Many of those brave...

  • Hollis Watkins: Founding of Southern Echo

    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,...