We can’t change the South’s past, but let’s make all Southerners part of its future: Op-ed by John Simpkins

Once you realize that Black Lives Matter, what comes next? Across the nation and beyond leaders are finding themselves in the awkward position of needing to address systemic inequities, but they are devoid of the tools or even the language to reckon with our deep history of racial violence and exclusion.
Social justice advocates already are questioning whether this is a movement or a moment; they are worried that that real change will remain illusory.
We can’t let that happen.Continue reading We can’t change the South’s past, but let’s make all Southerners part of its future: Op-ed by John Simpkins

Nine North Carolina organizations selected to address the intersection between race, educational equity, and learning differences

Nine North Carolina organizations focused on education, disability rights, activism, Latino issues, and rural communities were selected to learn more and advance their work at the intersection of race, educational equity, and learning differences through participation in “Learning for Equity: A Network for Solutions,” a learning and action network being created by MDC and Oak Foundation.Continue reading Nine North Carolina organizations selected to address the intersection between race, educational equity, and learning differences

South Carolinian John L.S. Simpkins selected new president of MDC

John L.S. Simpkins, a constitutional law scholar and former Obama Administration counsel who has played a leadership role in advancing an equity agenda for women and people of color in the South, was selected by the MDC Board to be the organization’s next president. He succeeds David L. Dodson, who is retiring June 30 after 21 years as President.Continue reading South Carolinian John L.S. Simpkins selected new president of MDC

‘MDC seeks a visionary leader skillful in leading systemic change and committed to equity for all marginalized people in the South’

Following the announcement last year of the retirement of  David Dodson after 32 years at MDC, the last 20 as president, the MDC Board of Directors retained BoardWalk Consulting to conduct the search for a replacement. BoardWalk Consulting has begun the search and created a brief Leadership Profile to describe the attributes of MDC’s nextContinue reading ‘MDC seeks a visionary leader skillful in leading systemic change and committed to equity for all marginalized people in the South’

MDC and Oak Foundation seek NC groups working on equity and learning differences

MDC will accept letters of interest through Dec. 4, 2019, at 5 p.m. for organizations interested in participating in the grant-funded network.  The Oak Foundation has engaged MDC to create a learning and action network of organizations in North Carolina that are working at the intersection of equity and learning differences. The result is “LearningContinue reading MDC and Oak Foundation seek NC groups working on equity and learning differences