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Directing Dollars Seen As a Way to Protest Recent Shootings

NATIONWIDE- Reacting to the most recent wave of shootings of Black men by police officers, thousands of African-American consumers across America are directing their dollars by opening checking and savings accounts in Black-owned banks.

A grassroots effort being called a “Spend Movement” found the nation’s Black banks receiving calls and on-line requests to open accounts.

According to National Bankers Association President Michael Grant, “This is a movement that began over 100 years ago but had become dormant as a consequence of racial integration.  Thousands have been mobilized to protest with their spending power.  Many African-American consumers are linking the shootings with a sense of powerlessness, feeling undervalued and disrespected.”  

Many African-American bankers are hearing that Black lives do not seem to matter because less value is placed on the lives of Black people as a group in America.

Since Friday, July 8, literally thousands of checking and savings accounts have been opened at Black-owned banks.

“The Black lives matter movement is a complement to an emerging economic empowerment movement that is engulfing Black communities all over America,” stated Preston Pinkett, NBA Chairman and CEO of City National Bank, headquartered in Newark, N.J.

Hoping to manage the expectations of its expanding customer base, Black bankers are encouraging some of their prospective customers who have lost their check-writing privileges to work with bank employees to correct the situation. But the banks are also cautioning customers not to become frustrated if the bank is unable to immediately extend check- writing privileges because of past mistakes by customers.

Grant also cautioned Black consumers to be mindful of the voluminous requests that the banks are receiving on-line, in person and by telephone.  He stated: “This is a very positive development for Black banks.  They have always provided a disproportionate share of the small business loans and consumer loans to African-Americans.  Ironically, it seems that we have gone full circle back to where we were before desegregation.  The Black community is turning inward and seeking to provide security for itself.  And few would argue against the notion that nearly every major social issue plaguing Black people in America can find its roots in economic deprivation.

The National Bankers Association, founded in 1927, is a consortium of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and women-owned banks.  The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The following is a listing of all NBA banks:
Commonwealth National Bank
P. O. Box 2326
Mobile, AL 36652
(251) 476-5938, X105
(251) 476-9488 Fax
REGION I – African-American

Neill W. Wright
Liberty Bank and Trust
660 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 262- 0800
(334) 262- 0838 Fax
REGION I – African-American

William Lu
President & CEO
Saigon National Bank
15606 Brookhurst Street
Westminster, CA 92262
(714) 338-8700
(714) 338-8730 Fax

REGION V-Asian-Vietnamese

Kevin Cohee
President / CEO
OneUnited Bank
3863 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
REGION V – African-American

Robert Lussier
President & CEO
Trans Pacific National Bank
55 Second Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-1052
(415) 543-3377 Fax



B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr.
President & CEO
Industrial Bank
4812 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 722-2014
(202) 722-2040 Fax
REGION II – African-American

Kevin Cohee
President / CEO
OneUnited Bank
3275 NW 79th St.
Miami, FL 33147

REGION I – African-American

Cynthia Day
President & CEO
Citizens Trust Bank
75 Piedmont Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 575-8300
(404) 575-8311 Fax

REGION I – African-American

Robert E. James
Carver State Bank
P. O. Box 2769
Savannah, GA 31402
(912) 233-9971
(912) 232-8666 Fax
REGION I – African-American

Sachitra Padamabhan
Chairman & President
CBW Bank
P. O. Box 287
Weir, KS 66781
(620) 396-8221
(620) 396-8402 FAX

Alden J. McDonald
President & CEO
Liberty Bank & Trust
1314 N. 5th
Kansas City, KS 66101

REGION III – African-American

Pedro A. Bryant
Chairman, President & CEO
Metro Bank
900 S. 12th St.
Louisville, KY 40210
(502) 775-4553
(502) 775-5323 FAX
REGION III – African-American

Alden J. McDonald, Jr.
Liberty Bank & Trust Co.
1111 S. Homan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 533-6900, X239
(773) 533-8512 Fax
REGION III – African-American

Seaway Bank & Trust Company
645 East 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 487-4800
(773) 487-0452 Fax
REGION III – African-American

Frank Wang
International Bank of Chicago
1860 North Mannheim Road
Stone Park, IL 60165
(708) 410-2899
(708) 410-2696 Fax


Alden J. McDonald, Jr.
President & CEO
Liberty Bank & Trust Company
P. O. Box 60131
New Orleans, LA 70160
(504) 240-5161
(504) 240-5166 Fax
REGION I – African-American

Joseph Haskins
Chairman & CEO
The Harbor Bank of Maryland
25 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 528-1882
(410) 951-1858 Fax
REGION II – African-American

Kevin Cohee
Chairman & CEO
OneUnited Bank
100 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 457-4400
(617) 457-4435 Fax
REGION II – African-American

Barry Clay
President & CEO
First Independence Bank
44 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 256-8466
(313) 256-8811 Fax
REGION III – African-American

Alden J. McDonald
President & CEO
Liberty Bank & Trust
9108 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
REGION III – African-American

Alden J. McDonald
President & CEO
Liberty Bank & Trust
2325 Livingston Rd.
Jackson, MS 39201
(601) 987-6730
REGION I – African-American

Alden J. McDonald
President & CEO
Liberty Bank & Trust
1670 E. 63rd St.
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 822-8560
REGION I – African-American

Preston Pinkett III
President & CEO
City National Bank of New Jersey
900 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 624-0865
(973) 624-1879 Fax
REGION II – African-American

Preston Pinkett III
President & CEO
City National Bank of New Jersey
382 W. 125th St.
New York, NY 10027
(212) 865-4763
REGION II – African-American

James H. Sills III President & CEO
Mechanics & Farmers Bank
P. O. Box 1932
Durham, N. C. 27702
(919) 687-7800,X-816
(910) 687-7821 FAX
REGION I – African-American

Steve Riff
President & CEO
First State Bank of Porter
P. O. Box 250
Locust Grove, OK 74352
(918) 479-5001
(918) 483-3362 Fax
REGION I – Native American

Evelyn F. Smalls
President & CEO
United Bank of Philadelphia
30 S. 15th Street, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 351-4600 X105
(215) 231-3673 Fax

REGION II – African-American

John Kreighbaum
President and CEO
South Carolina Community Bank
P. O. Box 425
1545 Sumter Street
Columbia, S.C. 29202
(803) 733-8100, X1104
(803) 254-0150 Fax
REGION I – African-American

Deborah A. Cole
President & CEO
Citizens Bank
1917 Heiman Street
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 327-9787 
(615) 329-4843 Fax
REGION I – African-American

Jesse Turner, Jr.
President & CEO
Tri-State Bank of Memphis
180 S. Main
P. O. Box 2007
Memphis, TN 38101
(901) 525-0384
(901) 526-8608 Fax
REGION I – African-American

Ignacio Urrabazo, Jr.
Commerce Bank
5800 San Dario Street
Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 724-2424
(956) 728-8247
REGION IV – Hispanic
John Scroggins
President & CEO
Unity National Bank
2602 Blodgett Street
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 387-7401
(713) 387-5040 Fax
REGION IV – African-American

Nativido Lozano III
Vice President
International Bank of Commerce
P. O. Drawer 1359
1200 San Bernardo Avenue
Laredo, TX 78040
(956) 722-7611
(956) 726-6692 Fax
REGION IV – Hispanic

Lee Reed
Sr. Vice President
International Bank of Commerce
1600 Ruben Torres Blvd.
Brownsville, TX 78526
(956) 547-1019
(956) 547-1029 Fax
REGION IV – Hispanic

Kelvin G. Perry
First State Bank
PO Box 6400,201 N. Union Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 792-0198
(434) 792-4978 Fax
REGION II – African-American

Seaway Bank & Trust Company
645 East 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 487-4800
(773) 487-0452 Fax
REGION III – African-American


To Jumpstart New Instrumental Program, San Bernardino Valley College Launches Summer Band

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- To launch the new instrumental program at San Bernardino Valley College, a Summer Band has been formed, comprised of SBVC students and area high schoolers.

Valley College hasn’t had a band program for about 15 years, and Professor of Music Margaret Worsley was hired in January to get the instrumental music program up and running.

“This will be no easy feat, as none of our former repertoire (music) or instruments remain, and starting from scratch isn’t cheap,” she said. “But, we’ve got to begin somewhere, and a Summer Band seems as good a place as any! No audition was required to join the band, simply a humble amount of experience on an instrument. This session, we’ve welcomed current students at Valley, as well as local high school students looking to keep up their chops during the summer.”

Worsley says the Humanities Department is “very excited” to bring back the instrumental program, adding, “We are presently writing curriculum so that instrumentalist music majors will soon have a large ensemble to participate in, as fulfillment of their degree requirements. Our future dreams are big, and include outreach and involvement with local high schools and community players. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and that first baby step is Summer Band. I’m looking to start a Community Band in the fall, which will rehearse once a week.”

The Summer Band rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 5 p.m. This summer, they are sight-reading and focusing on American pieces. For information on future performances, please visit www.valleycollege.edu.

While an audition for participation is not required, there is an audition for seating. Any-one looking to participate in the instrumental music program or Summer Band can email Worsley at mworsley@valleycollege.edu.

Inland Empire Students Receive Sponsorships for the Kappa Kamp Life Skills Summer Enrichment Program

RIVERSIDE, CA- Several members of the 2016 Guide Right Kappa League Mentoring Program were selected by the Riverside Alumni Chapter (RAC) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. to attend its annual Kappa Kamp summer enrichment program in Dallas, Texas.  The program, which is for young males between the ages of 12 through 16, was held at Paul Quinn College from June 5 through June 17, 2016.  Local high school students Blake Gilmore, Timothy Bolden and Agyei Butler each received sponsorships from RAC Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. to cover their participation, room and board.

Since 1996 Kappa Kamp has provided young males throughout the United States leadership training and experience, college readiness and motivation.  The program curriculum aims to strengthen critical thinking skills, while promoting character development, improved communication, motivation, goal setting and business planning.  This summer’s enrichment activities for campers included a visit to a local church, a tour of the Dallas Police Department’s headquarters, and sporting events at the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and Dallas Cowboys football stadium.

For more information about RAC Kappa Alpha Psi Guide Right Kappa League Mentoring Program contact Zack Stewart at Stew2z@aol.com.