The connection between the civil rights movement and co-ops.

We’ve all heard countless calls to support black business. However, examples of how it’s worked in the past often go overlooked. Check out this interview with Jessica Gordon Nemhard where she discusses how economic cooperation in the black community played a role in the civil rights movement.

“Southern pews and pulpits weren’t the only source of people power during the long civil rights movement. So, too, were cooperative economic enterprises. These worker or consumer-owned alternatives to U.S. capitalism helped train and produce civil rights leaders from A. Philip Randolph to Ella Baker and Fannie Lou Hamer to sitting congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.).”

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