“Unconventional” is defined as not based on or conforming to what is generally done or believed. In short, to be unconventional one must be open to change, and willing to challenge longstanding systems, structures and situations to produce new possibilities.
This month, we acknowledge the many ways that several leaders in the African-American community have stood up for something unconventional, opening doors of opportunity for many following in their footsteps—doors that could not have even been imaginable decades ago.
Let me be clear in saying we still have a long way to go, but I am aware of the progress that has been made and the barriers that have been broken.
The principles of the credit union movement, and specifically how we work to help everyday working people, is what has kept me in this career. Let me be real: I originally started in this movement because I needed a job. But I had no clue that it would lead to such a purpose-filled life for me.
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