Jessica Gordon Nembhard

The Legacy and Current Growth of Black Cooperatives

When I first became interested in cooperative economics, everybody, Black and white, told me that Black people just don’t engage in cooperative economics. But that didn’t seem right to me. So I started studying it, talking to people about it, and participating in the US co-op movement. I found there were hardly any blacks involved, except when they were in agricultural cooperatives in the South. None of the mainstream co-op literature talked about black co-ops, and yet I was sure that African-Americans must have been involved.

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