Why Hold the Line?

When I sat down with my first interviewee to discuss the events of August 12, here in Charlottesville, I was struck by her account. She talked about the was the clergy banded together and stood strong against men in militia gear, their self-claimed army. She told me that counterprotestors remained peaceful but fierce, committed to their cause, holding the line for justice.

As I moved through the day, completing interviews, that phrase stuck with me. “They held the line.” she’d said. They held the line. Imagery as powerful as the acting of holding the line comes to mind when I think of these words.

We would stand between any threat of harm foolish enough to stand between our children and their safety. We would link arms with allies to prevent another Nazi from stepping foot on the ground where our children walk. We would hold hands or raise fists and plant feet firm on the side of love so that hate can never win.

We would.

We would Hold the Line.

We would keep the line steady and use our bodies as armor to shield our children from prejudice and evil.


How often will you release new issues?

Our hope is to publish at least 3 issues per year. We will likely create a monthly newsletter, but we have no plans to publish a full issue monthly.


What type of content will you include?

After the first issue is released, we’ll be taking feedback from readers on the direction of future issues. For now, the plan is to produce one 100+ page issue of content solely focused on parenthood and racial justice issues. This issue will dive deep into a variety of topics under this umbrella and feature articles from a number of writers from diverse background. Some will share personal experiences, others will talk about self-care, products to seek out, ways to create an environment of diversity in your home, methods of handling conflict, and more.


Is it a blog? Is it free?

No, sorry. Hold the Line is a paid publication and we will offer the option of purchasing an individual issue or subscription. For $10 readers will receive access to one issue of the digital magazine. Our digital magazine will include high-quality photography and design in addition to educational and inspirational articles. The magazine will be over 130 pages, with zero advertisements. We promise to provide solid content that will enrich your family’s life and enable you to better approach race-related issues.

Charging for the magazine also allows us to pay writers, and offer them bonuses. Refusing to give away our content in a blog makes it possible to provide a barrier of protection for writers who are telling personal stories of sensitive subject matter. Plus, this allows us to be prepared to produce future issues and continue to increase the amount we are able to pay writers and artists for their content.

10% of our profits will be donated to organizations featured in the magazine, so we all get the pleasure of supporting causes we love.


Is HTL only for people of color? 

Nope. Hold the Line has a mission of reaching out and learning from a diverse group of people. We make no assumptions as to who has a story to tell that will resonate with our readers or who will best benefit from reading our magazine.