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a short history of black cooperatives

On February 21, 2014, 49 years to the day after Malcolm X's earthly form fell to assassins' bullets in Harlem, Chokwe Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, came home to find the power out. The outage affected only his house, not any others on the block. He phoned friends for help, including an electrician, an […]

Posted: May 14 2016
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free the land

In this month's issue of Vice magazine, Vice took a long look at one answer to that question in Jackson, Mississippi. There, in 2013, voters elected black-nationalist lawyer Chokwe Lumumba as mayor based on promises of direct democracy and cooperative enterprise. Lumumba died unexpectedly less than a year later, but the story of what he […]

Posted: April 28 2016
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more oral historians needed: smart folks apply!

FEB. 1 Application Deadline for SFA Oral History Internship The Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) announces its next round of internships in oral history. These internships are geared towards current students who are interested in the food culture of the American South and want to learn how to conduct oral histories, gain more fieldwork experience, and/or […]

Posted: January 18 2012
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oxford screening

OLE MISS here we come! An outdoor screening of the 50 minute documentary film The Greenhorns Thursday 9/22 at the Oxford Community Garden. The event will include a vegetarian potluck dinner and a Q+A with director Severine Fleming. Thursday September 22, 6-8:30 p.m., Oxford Community Garden

Posted: September 20 2011
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Letter from Sledge in Mississippi

Read about our visit to Sledge's cotton gin. Dear Severine, I had a wonderful time talking to you and McKay today. I am really encouraged to see young people like you take such an interest in agriculture. The country will be facing major lifestyle changes in the near future as we learn to cope with […]

Posted: January 16 2008