March 1, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST

CCSC Co-op Conversations ~ Black American Women: Moving and Shaking US Co-ops featuring Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard

Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Event Type:

Black American women have been an integral part of the Black co-operative movement in the USA – similar to their roles in the Black Church, mutual aid societies and the Civil Rights Movement. They are often the ones organizing and managing in the background, doing much of the scut work, without the glory or formal recognition. At the same time, African American women have been not just members but also the founders, managers, and/or directors of co-operative enterprises and co-operative activity. In these roles, they asserted leadership and promoted cohesiveness that often secured long-term success for their co-ops. In this Co-op Conversation, Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard highlights the history and contributions of black women in the US co-operative sector and the achievements of specific Black American co-op heroes such as Ella Jo Baker, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Halena Wilson, and Fannie Lou Hamer.

Speaker biography:

Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard is a Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies, and Director of the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at John Jay College of the City University of New York (CUNY), as well as a Research Fellow at the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.


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Co-operatives, Racialized Communities, Stories & Experiences, Women