Black-owned OneUnited Bank and #BlackLivesMatter recently launched the the “Amir” Visa Debit card during Black History Month.
“Amir” was originally painted by the acclaimed artist, Addonis Parker and was revealed during OneUnited’s #BankBlack event in Miami in June 2016. OneUnited Bank launched the #BankBlack Challenge after the summer of 2016 when the Black community galvanized in response to tragic events via social media, text messaging and word of mouth, answering the call to move their money from traditional banks to Black owned banks, like OneUnited Bank.
“We are honored to announce this partnership with #BlackLivesMatter during Black History Month to focus on our future,” said OneUnited Bank President & Chief Operating Officer, Teri Williams. We can empower our community by organizing our spending power to support social and economic justice. The #BankBlack movement and the “Amir” Visa debit card provide important tools to garner our spending power and channel it back into our community to #BuyBlack and make America great…for us.”
Everyone who receives an Amir Visa debit card will receive communication on how to use their card to donate to #BlackLivesMatter.
“Black economic power is a critical piece of the Black freedom struggle. Our partnership with OneUnited Bank during Black History Month honors the legacy of freedom fighters who walked before us, like Ida B. Wells, the architects of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and others who encouraged us to utilize our dollars intentionally as a means of making ourselves, our families and our communities strong,” said Dr. Melina Abdullah, organizer with Black Lives Matter and one of its original members.
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