THE E PLURIBUS UNUM TEAM HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO VISIT THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA LAST WEEK.
As we continue to travel across the South to listen to local leaders and residents, we’re hearing about their concerns, hopes, and the work being done to create more equitable communities. In many instances, we are facilitating bringing people of different races and backgrounds together to help find our shared values once again.
Over the course of a week, we visited communities as far south as Tallulah, Louisiana, and as north as far north Sunflower County, Mississippi. In Mississippi, we visited Greenville, Indianola, Cleveland, Moorhead, and Drew. In Louisiana, we visited Tallulah and Lake Providence.
Part of our E Pluribus Unum team’s goals for 2019 includes visiting rural areas and areas whose communities may be less inclined to speak readily on this complex issues of race and class.
We found the opposite.
Centuries-old cotton, soybean, corn and rice farms dot the landscape. Empty storefronts and shuttered factories are commonplace.
But the strength and resolve of the people shone through.
There are angels among us who are doing the work of lifting people up and bringing people together.
From the Sunflower Freedom Project to the Boys & Girls Club in Greenville, leaders young and old are helping create a new vision for the future in this part of the country.
Since September of 2018, we have had the privilege of meeting with elected officials, organizations, and community members who are actively working to bring about positive change and economic development in cities in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. In 2019, we will continue to visit southern and central Appalachian cities in order to ensure that our work reflects the unique perspectives and insights of the diverse cultures of our region.
As we continue our work in 2019, we will visit Florida, Kentucky Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia to continue to have sometimes tough discussions on race and class across the South to move our communities forward together.