Southerners of the Year
Meet 50 people moving the South forward with groundbreaking nonprofits, impactful projects, and innovative ideas.
Southerners’ famous generosity is often portrayed as a casserole in tow or a pickup truck ready to go. Yes, it’s true. You can count on us if there’s six feet of water in your house or an unexpected burden arises. But our region is also brimming with people applying that Southern spirit to our country’s toughest issues like childhood poverty, food access, education reform, and renewable energy. We found 50 Southerners who have tackled these issues and more, from creating trailblazing nonprofits to starting a simple Kickstarter page. Whether it’s planting the first seed of a community garden, convincing entrepreneurs to stay in their home state, saving endangered historic sites, restoring the Mississippi River Delta, or mowing yards for the elderly, these people prove you can take on life-changing work in ways big and small.