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Speaker Series - Jessica Gordon-Nembhard

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 06:00pm

The Search for Liberatory Economics: African American Solidarity Economics and Cooperatives

Throughout history, among all groups and people in every country, solidarity economics and economic cooperation have facilitated economic development, stabilization, and independence among people. Racialized capitalism dampened some of those attempts for a time, but oppressed and marginalized populations especially continued to practice these alternatives in a variety of ways. Gordon-Nembhard reviews the history of the African American cooperative movement to highlight ways that Black women and youth in particular use solidarity economics and cooperatives, not just for economic survival, but also to increase wellbeing, solve community problems, and achieve a degree of liberation.

Author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice and 2016 inductee into the U.S. Cooperative Hall of Fame, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Ph.D., is a political economist and Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, at John Jay College, City University of NY.  She is also Director of John Jay’s McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, a Faculty Fellow and Mentor with the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, and an affiliate scholar with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (University of Saskatchewan, Canada). She is the proud mother of Susan and Stephen, and the grandmother of Stephon, Hugo, and Ismael Nembhard.

Hageman Hall-New Brunswick Theological Seminary