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Hi Friend,

This month MDC concluded our End of Year fundraising campaign.  We're excited to report that your generous support helped us beat our goal!  We shared with you our list of "22 in 2022" and our vision for "more" in 2023. We're grateful for every single contribution to this effort-- whether you shared the campaign with your networks, encouraged others to donate, or made your own donation.

The work we do at MDC is not possible without you. Please keep reading below to see how your support is helping to shape a South where all people thrive.

And stay tuned for more exciting announcements and news-- we're looking forward to engaging with you across the South, both virtually and in person in the coming months.

Thanks for all you do!

Your friends at MDC


Partner & Project Highlights



2022 Impact Report

Our 2022 impact report provides a closer look at what we were able to accomplish with the support of partners, friends, and community who are also working to achieve a more equitable and thriving South.

We hope what you find here is an invitation to learn more about MDC and our work. We look forward to connecting with you in 2023 and beyond.

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Organizational Development

Calvin Allen and Mark Motamen named Vice Presidents

We're excited to announce that Calvin Allen will be MDC’s first Vice President of Partnerships and Programs, and Mark Motamen will be the organization’s inaugural Vice President for Operations and Culture. In these roles, Calvin and Mark will ensure our programs produce high quality results for southern communities while providing a supportive work environment at MDC.

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MDC in the News


Why the South needs equity-centered leadership 

We all benefit when diverse voices are heard.

Leadership is relationship.

It’s arguably the simplest and most poignant definition of leadership that we’ve got.

Here’s another way to say it that’s even more concise and beautiful: “Ubuntu,” the African philosophy embraced by the late, great anti-apartheid champion Archbishop Desmond Tutu. “I am because we are.”

Atlanta Journal and Constitution, December 21, 2022


Why the South should tackle debt as a public health issue

We are used to thinking about debt rather myopically.

In fact, the idea of debt as a large public expenditure tends to hold a spectacular (and I’d argue rather outsized) sway over our public discourse.

Meanwhile, a significant number of our elected leaders remain concerned about the relative fiscal health of our nation...

Triangle Business Journal, December 9, 2022



The State of the South


State of the South is coming to Charleston, SC and Berea, KY this spring!

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 on March 16 in Charleston and April 19-20 in Berea, as we bring policymakers, academics, nonprofit leaders, artists, and community into dialogue to discuss and identify new policy pathways to create equity in the South.

Stay tuned for more details and registration info! 

Omar conversation and opera at Carolina Performing Arts

Omar Conversation, Tuesday, Feb 21, 5pm, Current ArtSpace + Studio (123 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516)

Omar Ibn Said's story sheds light on the historic, geographic, and contemporary relationship between Black Muslim religious empowerment, forced and chosen migration, and labor. Join us for a dialogue between UNC Islamic Studies scholar, Professor Youssef Carter, and Howard University labor economist and MDC Board Member, Professor William Spriggs moderated by MDC Senior Program Director, Kerri Forrest that explores historical conditions of slavery while envisioning how we may realize economic systems that value humanity.

Omar Opera, Feb 25 & 26, Memorial Hall, UNC Chapel Hill 

Omar, is an opera from Southern Futures at CPA Artist-in Residence Rhiannon Giddens and acclaimed composer Michael Abels. This sweeping new work draws inspiration from the 1831 autobiography of Omar Ibn Said. Omar tells a profound story of strength, resistance, and religious conviction in the face of harrowing circumstances. This is a ticketed event. Please visit Carolina Performing Arts website (or link below) for opera and ticket information.

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Your investment drives MDC’s work.

By investing in MDC, you make it possible for us to advance knowledge about what works to create and scale transformative solutions in education, employment, access to healthcare, and sustainable community development.


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