Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Author of Collective Courage and Prof. of Community Justice & Social Economic Dev. appears on Everything Co-op.
18 months ago by Patyna
artist: Vernon Oakes title: Vernon interviews Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, and Author of Collective Courage Mr. Oakes and Dr. Gordon Nembhard discuss the role African Americans have played in the history of the cooperative movement, and the importance of knowledge and integrity in establishing collective economic entities. Dr. Gordon Nembhard, is a cooperative ambassador, economist and community economic development expert. She is also one of three cooperators who will be inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame this May, by CDF (Cooperative Development Foundation). After 15 years of careful research, she published “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice”. Her book argues that co-ops not only should be, but have historically been a social justice tool within African American communities. Her research has focused on community and asset-based economic development and democratic community economics; cooperative economics and worker ownership; racial and economic wealth inequality and wealth accumulation in communities of color; and alternative urban economic and youth educational development strategies. Her future research and policy analyses will connect community-based economic development, asset building, and economic justice strategies with community-based approaches to justice.