We learned in SNCC that you had to construct your own alternatives. On the one hand, you held out a vision of what society ought to be, and at the same time, you tried to construct a working model of one aspect of what it could be. We didn’t just make the demand for federally-subsidized day-care; we went out and set up a day-care center in the town. Continuing the tradition: -Julian Bond and SNCC recognized the importance of southern struggles and coordinated action and study for building an alternative America. Today, the Institute for Southern Studies continues that tradition of social change. We provide back-up research for organizations working on issues from energy to occupational health. We identify and analyze the corporations who control so much of our region and the nation. We compile oral histories of Southerners who have struggled to build populist movements. We illuminate the cultural traditions which inspire South erners to respond creatively to powerful institutions. For three years, the Institute has blended these features in our quarterly, Southern Exposure. We combine investigative journalism, research reports, personality profiles, photography and book reviews to produce what Julian Bond has called “an invaluable resource for anyone concerned with the South.” Southern Exposure is a journal of hope and challenge. Hope. for a positive identity, for a spirit of kinship and community, for people taking precedence over money. And challenge to stereotypes old and new, to a national rootlessness, to a provincialism that ignores the rest of the world. Julian Bond and the other founders of SNCC had a vision of a South of liberation, of equality. The Institute for Southern Studies and Southern Exposure maintain that vision. Two decades later, the dream is the same. Scru.tnern. M3cpos -ure a quarterly publication of the Institute for Southern Studies. For a copy of Southern Exposure including an extensive interview with Julian Bond, and articles on women in the cotton mills, blues singer Peg Leg Sam, battles with urban developers, mechanization of tobacco, union organizing in the southern textile industry and the crafts of the Tennessee valley send $2.50 to Southern Exposure, P.O. Box 230, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514. Send $8 for a year’s subscription.
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