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Officers Of The National Negro Business League, At Indianapolis In 1904.

Jessica Gordon Nembhard:
Cooperative Economics and Civil Rights

What role did economic cooperation play in the civil rights movement? As it turns out, a huge one. This forgotten history is the focus of Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard's recent book Collective Courage: A History of African-American Economic Thought and Practice, out in bookstores in May. In 2014, the LF Show was one of the first to report on Gordon Nembhard's work on Black cooperativism and civil rights. Gordon Nembhard has received wide acclaim for both her book and her cooperative work. In August 2016, she ws inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame, standing along side cooperative movement heroes such as Shirley Sherrod (former LF guest) and Melbah Smith. Gordon Nembhard is Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, of the City University of New York (CUNY). Gordon Nembhard's research has had formidable impact on the worker co-op sector. co-founded the U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops and helped that organization build lasting ties with prominent civil rights and cooperative organizations. She is also an active member of the Grassroots Economic Organizing Newsletter collective and recently joined the board of directors of Green Worker Cooperatives.

Own The Change: Building Economic
Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time

A short, practical guide for those considering worker owned cooperatives, made by GRITtv & TESA, the Toolbox for Education and Social Action. Featuring conversations with worker-owners from Union Cab; Ginger Moon; Arizmendi Bakery, Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA); New Era Windows; and more.

Black Co-op History 101:
A February 2023 Workshop from Co-op Cincy

In this interactive workshop, Cynthia Pinchback-Hines, the Racial Justice Educator & Co-op Developer for Co-op Cincy, discusses the history of Black cooperativism, drawing from Jessica Gordon Nembhard's book Collective Courage.

Ed Whitfield - 38th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures

On Saturday, October 27th, Leah Penniman and Ed Whitfield delivered the 38th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of W. E. B. Du Bois. The talks took place at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Ed Whitfield is co-founder and co-managing director of the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC). A long time social justice activist, Whitfield had been involved in labor, community organizing and peace work since the late 60‘s when he was a student activist at Cornell University. He is deeply involved in conceptualizing and spreading the idea of democratic ownership and the reclamation of the commons.


This event was hosted by the Schumacher Center for a New Economics in partnership with Multicultural BRIDGE.

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