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Statement on Julian Bond’s Passing by Self-Help CEO Martin Eakes

Aug 17, 2015

I am greatly saddened by the passing of Julian Bond, a lion for civil rights and a true American hero. I had the honor of knowing Julian personally, most recently through his generous service on Self-Help’s Center for Responsible Lending Board of Directors. His impact in advancing justice and equality for all Americans will live on for generations to come.

Martin Eakes, Self-Help CEO and Co-Founder

View the statement by Self-Help’s Center for Responsible Lending

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About Self-Help

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution headquartered in Durham, NC. Since 1980, Self-Help has provided over $8.5 billion in financing to 150,000 families, individuals and businesses. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across the nation. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 150,000 people in California, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The nonprofit Center for Community Self-Help is the umbrella organization for the Self-Help family of nonprofit organizations, which includes Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending.