Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Jessica Gordon Nembhard
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Jessica Gordon Nembhard is associate professor of community justice and social economic development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, City University of NY.
A black and white photo of children playing at New Communities in Georgia, the largest African-American owned parcel of land in the U.S. in the 1960s.

Continuing the Dream

New Communities Inc. was the largest African-American owned parcel of land in the United States the late 1960s. For more than 15 years, it survived attempts at sabotage and other challenges thanks to the collective efforts of as many as 500 families.

The Cooperative Solution

Cooperatives align closely with the goals and values of community developers and deserve more attention as an economic development strategy.