civil rights

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.