E Pluribus Unum was founded in 2018 with a mission to break down the barriers that were designed to purposefully divide the American South by race and class. After 18 months of intimate conversations in 13 southern states, EPU created programming around leadership, policy, and narrative change. In 2020, we hit the ground running to implement plans and activate this work directly in communities. But soon thereafter, a global pandemic entered the scene and changed the world.
Like every other organization, business, school, place of worship, and community, EPU had to quickly pivot. We assessed the new landscape and created a different approach to keep our critical work moving forward. Our Unum Fellows transformed into a virtual community of elected leaders focused on creating equity in their communities. Our narrative change work evolved into a robust web series that brought more people into the conversation than we would have been able to convene in person. Our policy toolkits provided deep and diverse knowledge banks on key issues and initiatives. Though physically limited in 2020 and 2021, the virtual world allowed EPU to reach further and deeper than we initially designed. Our extensive work during this timeframe is outlined herein Progress with Purpose: Building an Equitable South.
Join us on the journey as EPU’s work continues!