This is not a celebration. It is not a salute. This, readers, is a manifesto. It is a bold declaration of the richness of the South, of the majestic talents, relentless ambition and singular vision that reside just behind each face you pass in your travels.
These are the faces of the people who are creating the new South through the sweat of their brow and the depth of their passions. But if you never look closer you may never know how deep that passion goes, and what it has accomplished.
That’s because as Southerners, ours is not to put on airs. Ours is to work hard, stay humble and be ever mindful of getting “too big for your britches.”
As these pillars of the South would never dare brag on themselves, it falls on us to remind the Faces of the South of just how extraordinary they are. It’s a task we don’t pursue lightly, but it is a burden we take on happily. After all, for fourteen years it has been South magazine’s privilege to shine a spotlight on the South and its people, sharing their stories with the world. There are publications that might shy away from pushing an agenda, but we’ve been crystal clear of our intentions since day one: we are here to remind the South that it’s a remarkable place, and its people are among the most remarkable in the world.