Commitment to Action

Education for Energy Democracy and Economic Security

Commitment by

NAACP

In 2016, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and One Voice committed to increasing leadership and democratic participation by African Americans and women in electric distribution co-operatives in 43 persistently poor counties in Mississippi and Alabama through community-based member-owner education and the Electric Co-operative Leadership Institute (ECLI), a six-month program in which 100 participants from nine co-operatives meet monthly to learn about co-operative board governance and are cultivated to be board candidates and informed community leaders. Nearly half of the people in Mississippi buy electricity from co-operatives and the state’s population is 37% African American and 52% female, with only 6.6% and 4% electric co-operative board representation respectively. In Alabama, African-Americans comprise 25% of Alabama’s population and women 52%. Neither group has board representation. This commitment will educate community members to play an active role so their co-ops can better serve them.

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Commitment

Education for Energy Democracy and Economic Security

Launched

2016

Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value

$499,998

Region

Northern America

Countries

United States

Commitment by

NAACP

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Federation of Southern Cooperatives, One Voice