Building Cooperative Economics and Movement Community Institutions
"If the unemployment rate for Black Americans (11.5%) is more than twice that of White Americans (5.4%), then the time is ripe for serious conversation about the economic dimensions of the Black Freedom Struggle. Please join us in a discussion first about the long history of African American cooperative economics, both in thought and in action; second about the ways that communities take care of business in Black Freedom Struggle; and third about the important community institutions developed by groups such as the Black Panther Party that struggled against the savage inequalities of Medical Apartheid. To lead this conversation, we have asked three doctors to outline their prescriptions for these crises."
Laura HillBloomfield College
Dr. Hill is an assistant professor of History at Bloomfield College. She is the author of "We Are Black Folk First: the Black Freedom Struggle in Rochester, NY” and “The Making of Malcolm X" published in The Sixties: A Journal of History Politics and Culture in January 2011. She is also an editor of The Business of Black Power: Community Development, Capitalism and Corporate Responsibility in Postwar America. Dr. Hill currently has a manuscript in progress: Strike the Hammer While the Iron is Hot: The Black Freedom Struggle in Rochester, NY 1940-1970.
Alondra NelsonColumbia University
Jessica Gordon NembhardJohn Jay College CUNY