The Atlantic’s recent article, The New Old Age, marks a milestone for CoGenerate (formerly Encore.org), an indication of the uptake of ideas and language we’d been working to develop, implement and disseminate for more than a decade. Written by David Brooks,...
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A new documentary film, Ink & Linda, chronicles the unexpected friendship between Inksap, a Vietnamese-American street artist in his 20s, and Linda, a white modern dance teacher in her 70s. Shortly after a chance encounter brings these two together, they begin...
We’re out to show the world that older and younger people can help solve pressing problems when they work together. To that end, today we’re launching the CoGen Challenge to Advance Economic Opportunity, a partnership with the Ares Charitable Foundation to elevate...
Purpose Prize Fellow 2006
Building sustainable communities through family land ownership, economic self-sufficiency, and cultural heritage preservation
Ammie McRae Jenkins, 65, sees land as the center of family and community life in the rural South – a source of income, food, medicine, culture, history, and self sufficiency. When she was a child, her family lost their land and means of family support that was connected to the land. In 2001, Jenkins founded the Sandhills Family Heritage Association to stem the loss of African-American family land and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of African Americans whose family roots are in the Sandhills of North Carolina. Jenkins developed heritage tours to educate and celebrate the achievements of African Americans and conducted oral history interviews to document the lives of local individuals and families. The Sandhills Family Heritage Association is now working with national and regional organizations to establish a national Black land trust to help African Americans retain and regain lands that were lost by theft, intimidation or discrimination.