North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship

Ownership: Building Community Wealth

Nexus is pleased to announce The North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship.
The North Star Fellowship is a four-month fellowship focused on Black American Cooperative Economics.

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African Americans have a long, rich history of cooperative ownership, especially in reaction to market failures and economic racial discrimination. However, it has often been a hidden history and one obstructed by White supremacist violence. When there is a narrative, the history is told as one of failure.The challenges have been tremendous, and have often been seen as insurmountable. The successes are often anecdotal and isolated, little understood, and even less documented […]

Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Collective Courage A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice

North Star teaches Black Cooperative Economic local and national history, rethinking capitalism, support and network new black coop enterprises and their leaders, analyze local cooperative resources and institutions and support emerging cooperative businesses. The North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship is centered on the history of Black cooperative economic thought and practice. We place priority on applicants who share the ancestry of Enslaved Africans in the United States and place value on their legacy of cooperative economics and collective care.

The North Star Fellowship, a 4-month, cohort-based program, will provide participants with a history of cooperative economics in the Black community nationally and in the Twin Cities. Many people know very little about the successful wealth building efforts in the Black community, and that economically successful Black communities and individuals were targeted, systematically undermined and were the victims of violence from bombings to lynchings because of their participation and success in the business community. This fellowship will debunk those myths, reclaim our history and build cooperative economic support.

In addition, the fellowship will provide a power analysis of Minnesota cooperative institutions from cooperative businesses to financial establishments; provide participants with knowledge of the cooperative landscape, cooperative skills and tools, and financing opportunities; help learners identify and target cooperative business boards, with the goal of building power in the cooperative sector; and finally, design a cooperative economic project (at any scale), along with a strategy for achieving that project.

The North Star Black Cooperative Fall 2017 Session Applications are now closed.

The North Star Black Cooperative Fall Session dates are:

Orientation: November 2, 6:00-8:00pm

Launch & Welcome Dinner:Friday, November 10, 6:00-9:00pm

Session 1: Saturday, November 11, 10:00am-5:00pm

Session 2: Saturday, December 2, 10:00am-5:00pm

Session 3: Saturday, January 13, 10:00am-5:00pm

Cohort Study Session 1: Saturday, January 27

Session 4: Saturday, February 10, 10:00am-5:00pm

Session 5:Saturday, February 24, 10:00am-5:00pm

Cohort Study Session 2: Saturday, March 10

Session 6: Saturday, April 7, 10:00am-5:00pm

Graduation:Thursday, April 19  5:30-8:00pm

North Star Black Cooperative Fall 2017 Fellowship is directed by Danielle Mkali.

For any questions please contact Danielle Mkali at or 651- 289-7031