Session materials from "Applying Lessons Learned from the History of the African American Cooperative Movement," presented by Ajowa Nzinga Ifateyo at NASCO Institute 2015.
For African Americans, cooperatives were a way to survive in a racist/white supremacist society/economy. It took courage, creativity, and a definite hunger to make cooperatives happen in a hostile world. This workshop will look at the ways cooperative businesses, mutual aid societies and other acts of cooperation grew out of the struggle of Africans for survival in America. The lessons that came from those struggles can still be applied to cooperative work today in communities of color as well as the larger society. We must all cooperate or die.