Five Examples Of Black Cooperation With Powerful Impacts

NOC Community Forum on Black America in Minneeapolis
Leslie Taylor-Grover
January 14, 2021

It’s a myth that Black people cannot work together – period! Here are five times our cooperation changed history.

#1: Spreading Wealth – Before there were crowdfunding sites and social media drives, our people banded together to support each other economically. Organizations like Philadelphia’s Free African Society made sure our wealth uplifted the whole community.

#2: Protecting Maternal Health – While Black women continue to die in childbirth under the care of white doctors, before the Civil War “grand midwives” supported and protected mothers and infants during childbirth.

#3: Financing Liberation – During the Montgomery Bus Boycott, many of our people needed a way to support activists without losing their jobs. Black women formed cooking clubs, sold food, and used the money to help fund the movement.

#4: Resisting Racist Policies – Whenever we create our own neighborhoods, racist policymakers try to suffocate us by isolating us from business opportunities, good schools, and fresh food. Black meccas like Orange Mound, TN made sure we survived!

#5: Defending Our People – White terrorism always threatens our people’s safety. We cannot depend on the police to protect us. One coalition of well-educated, well-armed snipers – the “Not F**king Around Coalition – ensures we’re good!

We must remember had we NOT cooperated, our people wouldn’t have survived the perils of Black oppression thus far. Let’s keep working together!

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