A Conversation on Persistent Poverty, Income Inequality, and Racial Disparities

July 2020

Sharlene Brown, Senior Fellow of Croatan Institute and Director of the Institute’s initiative on Racial Equity, Economics, Finance, and Sustainability (REEFS) leads a conversation with Bill Bynum, CEO of Hope Credit Union, and Jim King, CEO and President of Fahe, to discuss structural inequalities in persistent poverty. Today 20 million people live in persistent poverty counties of which 60% of the population are people of color. This discussion will help impact investors, funders, and practitioners better understand the notions of persistent poverty, structural exclusion and explore misconceptions about the face of rural poverty.


Sharlene Brown

Croatan Institute & REEFS

Bill Bynum

Hope Credit Union

Jim King


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