A webinar interview of Dr. Shirley Sherrod, a cofounder of New Communities near Albany, Georgia, home to the nation's first community land trust, discusses the history of New Communities and the lessons it provides for activists in the Black Belt today.
The Black Belt was named both for the color of its fertile soil and the high number black residents. The region is not only sacred ground for the civil rights movement, but is home to a growing number of innovations in community wealth building and homegrown economic development.
This webinar explores
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- How community development financial institutions are supporting Black Belt and Mississippi Delta community developments
- The role of peer networks in supporting Black-led entrepreneurship
- The struggle to maintain Black control of land in the South
- The links between civil rights organizing and community economic development in the South
- The vital importance of long-term vision in economic system change work
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