America’s largest Black owned bank reaches 100,000 customers milestone

OneUnited, America's largest Black owned bank announced on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 that it has reached the 100,000 customers milestone. Photo: Eric Glenn/Shutterstock
OneUnited, America’s largest Black owned bank announced on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 that it has reached the 100,000 customers milestone. Photo: Eric Glenn/Shutterstock

OneUnited, the largest Black owned bank in the U.S. announced Wednesday that it has achieved the over 100,000 customers milestone. The bank attributed the success to its social justice activism and investments in its technology platform.

“Our customer base continues to grow rapidly, and we have expanded access and now have over 100,000 locations to better meet their needs. Importantly, we’re on our way to fulfilling Black America’s long-held dream of organizing our spending power to create social and economic equality in our society,” said Teri Williams, the bank’s President & COO.

The bank’s social activism started in 2016 following the murders of two Black men, Philando

Teri Williams, President & COO of OneUnited Bank, America’s largest Black owned bank. It announced on October 14, 2020 that it had reached 100,000 customers. Photo: OneUnited Bank

Castille and Alton Sterling, when rapper and activist Killer Mike urged Black Americans to move their money to Black owned banks. The he hashtag #BankBlack quickly trended and money started flowing to OneUnited. Another surge of deposits followed after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd this summer. Floyd’s murder saw 10,000 new customers open accounts at OneUnited.

The shift to digital banking has also been a plus for the bank as more of Black America is comfortable with the shift. To that end, the bank announced that to accommodate its rapid growth it is introducing a new service called “Cash to Your Card” which will give its customers access to an “additional 90,000+ locations” which will allow it to service customers nationwide, including access for the customers to over 30,000 surcharge free ATMs.

Not since the founding of St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Va., in 1903 by Maggie Lena Walker has a Black owned bank reached this milestone. Maggie Lena Walker was the first Black woman and first woman bank president in the United States.

About Tom Gitaa

Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation. Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.

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