Black communities can create cooperative economic systems that build shared wealth within communities and simultaneously cultivate an “ecology” rooted in black love. This is an ecology that sources our community well-being and facilitates educational, agricultural, cultural, political, and judicial institutions to serve the community’s needs.


Community Movement Builders runs a community garden in Atlanta where we grow food, provide community plots for neighbors, and offer workshops to youth and community groups about the importance of locally grown food, the negative impact of food deserts on our communities, the benefits of healthy eating, and taking ownership of one’s food supply. Our space also offers many resources for our community, including a free library and community bulletin board. We plan to build hoop-houses on other properties we own and an aquaponics program to create a micro-business for youth in the community.


People kneeling around garden bed in community garden planting seeds
Free library stand: a wooden stand supporting a box full of books
Two people tending to a row of vegetables
Green community garden with garden beds with vegetables growing


We create cooperative enterprises as an alternative resource generator for people and communities.
Our cooperatives are in a development stage, where worker-owners are being brought on to share in revenue and decision making.

Kamau Franklin, founder of CMB posing with community members who are holding bags of food