South

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. 

A little co-op helped end black disenfranchisement

A little co-op helped end black disenfranchisement

By David Thompson, President, Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation

It was a small cooperative store on a little-known island off the coast of South Carolina. During the harshest days of the civil rights struggle, embattled black leaders came through its doors seeking inspiration. The co-op was called the Progressive Club, but it’s what began in that co-op that led to a movement that would eventually reshape the South.