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

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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