Martin Luther King Food Co-op

Title

Martin Luther King Food Co-op

Subject

Martin Luther King Food Co-op

Description

The MLK Co-op Food Store opened in 1970 at the Arthur Capper Community Recreation Center (5th and K SE), after functioning as a food-buying club for 18 months. The main organizer of the food co-op was Beatrice Gray. The store was managed by Raymond Sadler. The Board of Directors was chaired by Marie Nolan, with the following other members: Annie B. Jewell (vice-chairman), Addie May Harper (treasurer), Parline Cole (assistant treasurer), Sandra Hester (secretary), Barbara Wilson (assistant secretary), and Nathaniel Graham. They hoped to make the MLK co-op Food Store a model for all NCHA projects. The Urban Law Institute provided legal assistance. Giant, Safeway, Greenbelt cooperatives, and some churches provided management and financial capital. The MLK Co-op Food Store was run by Arthur Capper Consumer Federation, Inc. Arthur Capper influenced Ward 6 in a wide variety of ways.

Creator

Photograph by Roland Freeman, printed in Sam Smith's Captive City.

Source

Photograph by Roland Freeman, printed in Sam Smith's Captive City.

Files

MLK Food Co-op.JPG

Collection

Citation

Photograph by Roland Freeman, printed in Sam Smith's Captive City. , “Martin Luther King Food Co-op,” Arthur Capper, accessed January 26, 2021, https://arthurcapper.omeka.net/items/show/65.