The Power of Cooperative Ownership in the Black Community

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Cooperatives continue to play a significant role in social and economic development in the Black community. From financial independence and desegregated housing, to small farmer empowerment and food security, cooperatives are an integral part of the Black experience that has often been silenced.

On February 13, 2017, NCBA CLUSA will host a panel of academics and activistis at the National Press Club to discuss the historic role cooperatives have played in generating economic opportunities for Black Americans. The panel will also explore the potential of cooperatives to drive economic growth and social progress in the United States and abroad.

Moderated by Ellis Carr, President and CEO of Capital Impact Partners, the panel will feature:

Jessica Gordon Nembhard
 - Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY)
 - Author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014). 

Cornelius Blanding 
 - Executive Director, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund

LaKeisha Wolf 
 - Executive Director, Ujamaa Collective

Alex Serrano 
 - Vice President of Strategic Development, National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International 


February 13th, 2017 3:30 PM   through   5:00 PM
National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
United States

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