Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice

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Collective Courage, chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality.

Within this, it sheds light on some well known activists who advocated and practiced cooperative economics. To name a few, W.E.B. Du Bois, A. Phillip Randolph, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Jo Baker, the Nation of Islam, and the Black Panther Party.

African Americans, as well as other people of color and low-income people, have benefitted greatly from cooperative ownership and democratic economic participation throughout the nation’s history.

Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard is Associate Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, City University of New York.



Click link to purchase his book, “COLLECTIVE COURAGE: A History of African American Economic Thought and Practice”.


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  1. Keocco on 11/05/2017 at 1:18 PM

    That was a great episode. I am very interested in learning more about the history of cooperative economics among African Americans. I will be getting the book!

    • Taj Salaam on 11/27/2017 at 11:49 PM

      I’m glad you enjoyed the episode and are interested in purchasing the book! Do us and the author a favor and click on the book link in the show notes to purchase the book. We truly appreciate your support. Thanks!

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