We at the Center for Responsible Lending were deeply saddened by the loss of Julian Bond, a great American, our friend, colleague and a member of the CRL Board of Directors.
We all knew Julian as an iconic warrior in the trenches of the American civil rights movement. As a founding and longtime CRL board member, Julian also brought vision, leadership and passion to the battle for economic justice for millions of Americans, especially for those who have low incomes, are senior citizens and members of the armed services, or who live in communities of color.
As early as 1967, during his time in the Georgia Senate, Julian made the inextricable connection between civil and human rights and economic justice. As the first black chair of the Fulton County Delegation and chair of the Consumer Affairs Committee, he sponsored more than 60 bills that became law.
That commitment never waned during his tireless efforts to rid the nation of predatory lending practices and products so that everyone has a fair opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
The nation will miss him, and so will we.
- Martin Eakes, CEO
- Mike Calhoun, President
For more information, or to arrange an interview with a CRL spokesperson on this issue, please contact Andrew High at Andrew.High@responsiblelending.org or 919-313-8533.