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An inspiring story of co-operative education in Civil Rights-era America

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A new article in Co-operative Grocer takes a look at a co-operative that changed the southern states of America, empowering black citizens by running classes in citizenship and literacy and offering mutual aid at the same time as selling groceries and gasoline.

David J Thompson traces the growth and difficulties the Progressive Club on Johns Island, off the coast of South Carolina, faced from its formation in 1948 to the 1960s.

Read the article below.

The Co-op that Changed the South