WASHINGTON (3/10/15)--Four credit union trailblazers will be inducted into the first African-American Credit Union Hall of Fame this evening, the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) announced.
The initial inductees are:
The announcement will be made today at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., at a "meet and greet" reception in conjunction with CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference.
The Hall of Fame ties in with a history exhibit at America's Credit Union Museum in Manchester, N.H. The exhibit is titled "African Americans in Credit Unions ... the First 100 Years."
"The men and women represented in this Hall of Fame have provided expertise in leadership, governance, strategic thinking, bridge building and finance, among other attributes," said Lynette Smith, AACUC chairwoman. "The AACUC would not be the organization that it is today without the influence of the Hall of Famers--we stand on the shoulders of giants."
She also noted the Hall of Fame website "is the vision of founding AACUC Board member Helen Godfrey-Smith." Godfrey-Smith is currently AACUC's funding development chairwoman.
"This project is way overdue," said Godfrey-Smith, president/CEO, Shreveport (La.) FCU. "This is our effort to call attention to the valuable contributions and to honor the African American trailblazers for their commitment and sacrifice. We are hopeful that all credit unions will find this as an opportunity to identify the trailblazers in their credit unions who have served so faithfully throughout the years."