FORM 3
        
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person * DAVIS MARTIN BERNARD 2. Date of Event Requiring Statement (MM/DD/YYYY)
4/19/2021 

3. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol SOUTHERN CO [SO]
(Last)       (First)       (Middle)
30 IVAN ALLEN JR BLVD NW BINSC1104
4. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)_____ Director                          _____ 10% Owner
___X___ Officer (give title below)        _____ Other (specify below)
EVP and CIO /
(Street)
ATLANTA, GA 30308      
(City)             (State)             (Zip)
5. If Amendment, Date Original Filed(MM/DD/YYYY)
 

6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing(Check Applicable Line)_X_ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned
(Instr. 4)
3. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Southern Company Common Stock  35089  D   

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(MM/DD/YYYY)
3. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
4. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 5. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
6. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Southern Co Restricted Stock Units (1)  (1)  (1) Southern Company Common Stock  1433  $0.00  D   
Southern Co Restricted Stock Units (2)  (2)  (2) Southern Company Common Stock  2119  $0.00  D   

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  Represents restricted stock units granted on February 11, 2019. The remaining 1/3 of the award will vest in 2022. Each restricted stock unit represents the right to receive, at statement, one share of common stock.
(2)  Represents restricted stock units granted on February 11, 2020. The remaining award will vest 1/3 in 2022 and 1/3 in 2023. Each restricted stock unit represents the right to receive, at statement, one share of common stock.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
DAVIS MARTIN BERNARD
30 IVAN ALLEN JR BLVD NW BINSC1104
ATLANTA, GA 30308


EVP and CIO

Signatures
/s/ Marcia R. DeMar, Attorney-in-Fact for Martin B. Davis 4/23/2021
**Signature of Reporting Person Date