Tune in to WOL 1450 AM and Tune-in Radio, on July 9, 10:30 am, for Everything Co-op. This week, host Vernon Oakes interviews Anthony E. Cook, Professor at Georgetown University. Vernon and Professor Cook will discuss the role cooperatives can play in rebuilding under-served communities in a post COVID-19 World.
He teaches courses in Race and Democracy, Community Development, Cooperatives and a Practicum on Law, Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation that provides legal and business planning support to startup and early stage social impact entrepreneurs.
Professor Cook is a nationally recognized scholar in critical race theory and the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His book, The Least of These: Race, Law and Religion in American Culture, explores the relevance of the social gospel and King’s conception of the Beloved Community for race, class and cultural divides in American Society.
For his work as a scholar and community development practitioner – working at the intersection of critical theory and systemic racism and inequality – the American Bar Association honored Professor Cook as One of 21 Lawyers Leading America into the 21st Century, citing his “unique synergy of thought and action.”
He is a national officer of the nation’s oldest community development organization, the Community Development Society, and is a member of the International Association of Community Development. He practices and lives in the Washington D.C. area where he is presently spearheading an innovative community development initiative to build cooperative ecosystems.