18th Annual Interfaith Celebration of legacy and work of Martin Luther King Jr.

In fact, both King and Du Bois wrote speeches on this topic called “Where Do We Go From Here?” Du Bois in 1933, and King in 1967, said guest speaker Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Nembhard’s presentation was all about the cooperative economic model that has been practiced by African Americans since the 1800s. In her book Collective Courage, A History of African American Economic Thought and Practice, she hunted down examples of it, and said there were plenty that she never even found.


Nembhard said she was inspired by Du Bois long before she became a scholar herself. Her father is Edmund Gordon, the influential Yale University psychology professor who was mentored by W.E.B. Du Bois, and came to Great Barrington in the 1960s to dedicate the Du Bois home site as a historical site. Gordon attended Monday’s celebration.

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