What is the Southern Communities Initiative?

A catalytic effort to coordinate and accelerate racial equity funding, programming, and convening organizations in six southern communities that are home to approximately 50% of the African American population.

$65B+

In corporate racial equity commitments

6

Target communities cover over half of the U.S. Black population

70+

Partnering organizations

4 years

of facilitated coordination by our project management

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We are focused on six racial equity pillars and enablers:

Pillars

Wealth Creation

Supporting of Black-owned business growth and access to capital

Housing

Providing access to resources that enable home ownership at fair rates and terms

Education / Workforce Development

Creating advancement opportunities via formal education/skills training for minorities

Health Equity

Eliminating health disparities through equal access to quality, affordable healthcare

Enablers

Digital Access

Access and adoption of affordable high-speed internet solutions for low-income and minority households

Physical Infrastructure

Access to affordable, reliable real-estate & civil infrastructure to support minority families & businesses

Our Six Community Leads

Atlanta

Dr. Bernice King

Chief Executive Officer at
The King Center
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Birmingham

J.W. Carpenter

Exec. Director at Prosper Birmingham
Prosper Birmingham
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Charlotte

Janet LaBar

President & CEO at
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance®
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Houston

LaTanya Flix

Senior Vice President, DEI at
Greater Houston Partnership
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Memphis

Sarah Lockridge-Steckel

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder at
The Collective Blueprint
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New Orleans

Judy Morse

President & CEO at
Urban League of Louisiana
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Our near term initiatives

Public Database Links

A comprehensive, integrated platform that provides independent and impartial data for public-private cooperation.

Nonprofit database of classroom needs provided by teachers across the country from basic classroom essentials to STEM materials.

Our Secured Partners