Does Your 501c3 Help Black America?
Morally Defining Letter to the Nonprofit Community
My 4th great-grandfather, Nero Cooper I (1813–1900) served as a Private in the 12th Regiment of the Civil War’s Colored Infantry. A member of my Black American family has fought in almost every war in this nation’s history. Civil War, The Revolutionary War of 1812, and World War I & II. Cooper was the property of a famous slaveholder and Illinois senator, Stephen A. Douglas.
Before it became a state, the Illinois territory government used thousands of slaves…