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You’re invited to our next State of the South series event, True South: Disrupting the Cycle of Housing Displacement and Gentrification, on March 16th at the College of Charleston! 

Join us for a conversation on the changing nature of Charleston, South Carolina, and the need to protect Black families and communities from further displacement. We'll explore the economic drivers leading to current displacement and identify policies and investments needed for communities to thrive.

Session Panelists: Richard Habersham, Phillips Community Association President; Nashonda Hunter, Executive Director, The Charity Foundation; Bernie Mazyck, Founder/President/CEO, South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development. Opening and Closing Poetry by Marcus Amaker: Marcus Amaker is Charleston, South Carolina’s first poet laureate. 

True South, Charleston 

  • March 16, 2023; 11:30 am-1:30 pm (lunch is provided, and available at 11 am)
  • College of Charleston, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture (125 Bull St. Charleston, SC 29401)

Following our afternoon session, join our partners, Lowcounty Action Committee at 6pm also at the Avery Research Center for: What is Community Control? How can we build a movement that will change the game in the Lowcountry? 

Click the button below for more info and to register.  

We look forward to seeing you next month in Charleston!

Your friends at MDC


Partner & Project Highlights


Organizational Development

Susan Nobblitt leads design of Home-Based Child Care Community of Practice

We're excited to announce that Susan Nobblitt has been promoted to Program Manager, leading the design and facilitation of our Home-Based Child Care Community of Practice (HBCC COP).  Susan will work closely with MDC Program Director, Jenna Barnes, and the Great Expectations team (along with another Program Manager supporting the HBCC COP).

Previously, Susan was a Program Associate at MDC, supporting project teams across MDC’s work in early childhood education, family economic security, community change, and strategic philanthropy.

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North Carolina Real Estate Commission to disclose flood history to buyers

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission moved forward on a petition that will give potential home buyers information about flood history and risk when buying a home. The petition to add flood-related questions to the real estate disclosure form was filed on December 2022 by Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), North Carolina Justice Center, MDC Inc., North Carolina Disaster Recovery and Resiliency School, Robeson County Church and Community Center, and NC Field.

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MDC News


We're Hiring! Application Deadline, March 1

MDC seeks a program associate to support the Investing in Leaders of Color (ILOC) initiative, a groundbreaking fellowship to build a stronger philanthropic ecosystem in North Carolina and South Carolina through supporting nonprofit leaders of color and their organizations and instilling equity-centered practices in the foundations serving their communities.

ILOC brings together over a dozen foundations in the Carolinas with selected nonprofit leaders of color to co-design a cohort-based fellowship that includes financial support for the leaders’ organizations and ongoing engagement opportunities between the leaders and the foundations. The qualified candidate will support organizational planning, programs, practices, and evaluation through their work.


12 Black Leaders to Know: Kerri Forrest

To celebrate Black history, The Post and Courier is presenting a series of video interviews and podcasts featuring 12 dynamic South Carolina leaders to know. Reporter Adam Parker talks with MDC Senior Program Director, Kerri Forrest.

She’s a good listener, and a good talker. She knows how to ask the right questions. She can figure out who to contact for this or that. She can manage her time and get things done quickly. She can improvise. She can learn fast...she brought these capabilities with her and helped revitalize the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation’s Lowcountry operations. And then, after four years with the foundation, she went to work for MDC, a community development nonprofit based in Durham, N.C., that focuses its efforts on the entire American South.

The Post and Courier, February 12, 2023



The State of the South


State of the South is coming to Berea, KY in April!

MDC’s 2022-2023 State of the South series, True South, will weave together community conversations, artistic expression, online content, and a series of reports to explore how—and if—Southerners are reckoning with this moment of economic, social, and environmental upheaval. 

Join us in Berea, Kentucky, for candid conversations on the past, present, and future of Appalachia. What would the South look like if equity became a Southern value? Over two days, we’ll gather to deepen long-standing relationships, develop new partnerships, and discover areas for working together to create economic security, racial equity, and community well-being.

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“Bottle Tree Gullah Islands” is a painting by Synthia Saint James

Honoring Gullah/Geechee Lives and Burial Grounds in Northeast Florida

In mid-August of 2022, Janay Draughn, the summer 2022 Dan Broun intern, spoke on the phone with Glenda Simmons-Jenkins — a Geechee woman, climate justice activist, and the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s representative for Florida. Rep. Simmons-Jenkins is from O’Neil, a once rural town in Nassau County, Florida that was transformed by a four-lane highway. Rep. Simmons-Jenkins talked to Janay about Gullah/Geechee folks in northeast Florida, a particular struggle to preserve Crandall Cemetery, a sacred burial ground where Gullah/Geechee ancestors were put to rest, and how the law privileges capital and property — from gulf resorts to pulp mill factories — over (Gullah/Geechee) people, ancestors, labor, and spirituality. 

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