Melbah McAfee Smith, Retired Executive Director of the Mississippi Center for Cooperative Development appears on Everthing Co-op
20 months ago by Patyna
artist: Vernon Oakes title: Melbah McAfee Smith, Retired Executive Director of the Mississippi Center for Cooperative Development, and a 2009 inductee into the Cooperative Hall of Fame appears on Everything Co-op. Vernon and Ms. McAfee Smith discuss challenges and opportunities for co-op development in African-American communities, and how the cooperative model can be used to address societal problems in many communities today. Melbah also shares best practices for resolving many issues that communities are facing today, and emphasizes the need to have the bills that govern cooperatives, like the Uniform Co-op Law,, incorporated into the local government systems. Melbah worked for nearly 40 years as a trusted co-op developer in some of the most impoverished areas of the country. She started her career with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, returning to her home state to lead the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives and the Mississippi Cooperative Development Center. Her visionary leadership and hands-on, grassroots approach to building communities have helped bring health care, economic development, and social justice to people in need through the cooperative model.