Ocmulgee Mounds: Indigenous Earthworks in the Southeast and Mound Power  

By Janay Draughn This week’s hidden history is equal parts hidden history and known secret. It’s all about land and how it has been shaped by Indigenous people in the South, through the example of Ocmulgee Mounds. Everyone who’s thought about land in the United States has at least thought about the existence of IndigenousContinue reading Ocmulgee Mounds: Indigenous Earthworks in the Southeast and Mound Power  

Elsewheres: Maroons and Fugitivity in the Great Dismal Swamp

By Janay Draughn Some people — especially Southerners, like myself, who endured state history lessons in elementary school — know a little something about the Great Dismal Swamp: it covered about 2,000 miles, or 1,000,000 acres, before it was drained and altered by canal companies; it’s home to poisonous snakes, black bears, panthers in theContinue reading Elsewheres: Maroons and Fugitivity in the Great Dismal Swamp

Kerri Forrest Joins MDC as new Senior Program Director for Equity Centered Leadership and Philanthropy

We’re pleased to announce that Kerri Forrest will be joining MDC on July 18th as the Senior Program Director for Equity Centered Leadership and Philanthropy. She brings more than a decade of experience in the non-profit and philanthropic fields including strategy development, strategic partnerships, governance, mentorship, and communications. She returned to her hometown of Charleston,Continue reading Kerri Forrest Joins MDC as new Senior Program Director for Equity Centered Leadership and Philanthropy

Our Next Chapter

Throughout our lives, most of us will experience many “next chapter” moments—transitioning to new environments, expanding our reach, or welcoming new partners. In each of these moments, we have the opportunity to approach challenges differently, understand unique perspectives and achieve new goals. Right now, MDC is entering its next chapter. We hope you’ve noticed aContinue reading Our Next Chapter

Learning for Equity Network (LENS-NC) expands to 20 organizations across North Carolina

Organizations selected to address the intersection between race, educational equity, and learning differences Learning for Equity: A Network for Solutions – North Carolina (LENS-NC) is an action and learning network of diverse organizations from across North Carolina facilitated by MDC and supported by Oak Foundation. Participating organizations receive grants to advance their work to reduceContinue reading Learning for Equity Network (LENS-NC) expands to 20 organizations across North Carolina

Why we must learn from and fight for rural communities in the South: Opinion

Black voters in South Carolina put Joe Biden into the White House. When the Democratic presidential primary was still up in the air, the Palmetto State is where now-President Biden started his comeback. While South Carolina plays such a pivotal role in national politics, why is it that nearly 200,000 South Carolina households lack theContinue reading Why we must learn from and fight for rural communities in the South: Opinion

MDC receives gift in recent round of giving from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

MDC is pleased to announce that we have received a gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to support our work to shape a south where all people thrive. We are thrilled and humbled to be among 465 organizations receiving over $3.8 billion. “For over 50 years, MDC has equipped Southerners with tools and strategies to advanceContinue reading MDC receives gift in recent round of giving from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Emerging Trends: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Families and Children

The impact of the Child Tax Credit Temporary changes to the Child Tax Credit in 2021 increased access to the benefit for low-income families during the pandemic. These changes expired in December 2021. In 2021 the Child Tax Credit was temporarily made fully refundable, enabling the lowest-income families to receive the full value of theContinue reading Emerging Trends: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Families and Children

ILOC Fellowship recruiting for first cohort of participants!

ILOC (Investing in Leaders of Color) is here! MDC is excited to share with you a bit about this innovative new fellowship. Investing in Leaders of Color is a one-year, leadership, and capacity-building initiative to acknowledge and support the work of skilled leaders of color who serve communities of color throughout the Carolinas. The overallContinue reading ILOC Fellowship recruiting for first cohort of participants!