Tune-in to WOL 1450 AM Thursday, August 13, for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon covers the Federation of Southern Cooperative‘s 48th Annual Meeting. He will report live from the Birmingham Sheraton, in Birmingham, Alabama.
On Thursday, August 13, 2015 the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (Federation), will kick off festivities for the Annual Meeting with the Estelle Witherspoon Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony, which will be held at the Birmingham Sheraton in Birmingham, Alabama. This year the Federation will honor the Reverend Charles and Shirley Sherrod, a veteran civil rights couple.
The Sherrods have worked tirelessly for civil rights, human rights, Black land retention and economically underserved landholders, community empowerment, and economic development throughout the rural South. Their extraordinary work has spanned more than four decades. Along with others in the Albany area they developed the first rural land-trust in the nation, New Communities, in 1970 that purchased and operated 6,000 acres in southwest Georgia. The Sherrods met and were married while actively serving in the civil rights movement, and currently reside in Albany, Georgia.
The Annual Meeting will include an update on the “Women and Hispanic Settlement” along with workshops and plenaries on cooperative development, land retention and other rural development programs. There will also be a fish fry and auction on Friday evening followed by state caucuses on Saturday.