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Bill Bynum Featured in OZY’s “They Walk in MLK’s Footsteps” Leader Profiles

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Bill Bynum, Winter Institute board chair, is one of the leaders featured in “They Walk in MLK’s Footsteps,” by OZY, a diverse global media company.

“In honor of MLK Day, this Sunday Magazine introduces you to today’s leaders across issues to which King devoted his life’s work: poverty, labor, religion and civil rights,” begins the piece.

Here is Mr. Bynum’s profile, under the category “Putting a Pin in Poverty”:

William J. Bynum

The CEO and founder of Hope Enterprise and the Hope Credit Union, Bynum is essentially a personal banker for the poor of the Mississippi Delta. The 62-year-old views his mission as largely a civil rights one in protecting the poor from predatory lenders. Having grown up in a trailer in North Carolina before becoming an accidental banker (he wanted to go to law school), Bynum knows his customers’ plight better than most. Now he’s taking those lessons national: Bynum was named to Joe Biden’s presidential transition team to help hew a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that lives up to its name.

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