Cornelius Blanding

Black lands matter

Black lands matter

By Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund

As we pay respect this month to the history of black America, we should also recognize the contributions made by the cooperative movement during the battle for civil rights. Historically, cooperatives have operated as vehicles for people to unify and lift themselves up above any challenge they face. In African-American communities in the South, cooperatives were born out of necessity.