credit-ej-3-strip“Earnest is the single most indispensable figure in the history of our movement.” — Clifford Rosenthal, National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions

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A lifetime of effort promoting economic power and self-sufficiency for low-income southerners was a calling for EARNEST JOHNSON. Enraged by the economic exploitation of blacks in 1950’s Alabama, he applied Civil Rights Movement experience to the development of small independent credit unions.

He continues his fight in an era when subprime and often predatory finance has become a mainstream industry.

Where Credit is Due was produced for The University of Alabama Center for Public TV with a grant from The Ford Foundation via The Program for Rural Services and Research.