Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Ph.D., Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, and author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice discusses the her book and upcoming projects with host, Vernon Oakes on Everything Co-op.
During February, Everything Co-op celebrates Black History Month by focusing on the Association for the Study of African American Life and History's Theme. This year's theme is "African Americans in Times of War." Given the extensive research that Dr. Gordon-Nembhard has conducted on the involvement of African Americans in Cooperatives in the Post Civil War Era, it was quite appropriate to have her return to Everything Co-op to discuss her findings and future projects.
Dr. Gordon-Nembhard, is a cooperative ambassador, economist and community economic development expert. After 15 years of careful research, she published "Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice". Her book argues that co-ops not only should be, but have historically been a social justice tool within African American communities.
Her research has focused on community and asset-based economic development and democratic community economics; cooperative economics and worker ownership; racial and economic wealth inequality and wealth accumulation in communities of color, and alternative urban economic and youth educational development strategies. Her future research and policy analyses will connect community-based economic development, asset building, and economic justice strategies with community-based approaches to justice.
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