Why They Take A Knee | OneUnited Bank

In an unprecedented move by a financial institution, OneUnited Bank, the largest Black owned bank in America, unveiled the “Take A Knee” Campaign with a stunning masterpiece, Last Man Standing, by internationally acclaimed artist Addonis Parker. The protest art, unveiled on October 25, 2018, evokes the importance and burden of activism in America, featuring three football players kneeling during the national anthem.

Last Man Standing | OneUnited BankThe Take A Knee Campaign is a nod to the national #TakeAKnee movement started by Colin Kaepernick and followed by over 180 football players including Eric Reid and Kenny Stills in which they refused to stand during the national anthem and instead took a knee in silent protest against police shootings of Black people and the need for criminal justice reform.

With all the media attention about the #TakeAKnee movement, the underlying reasons for the protest gets lost. OneUnited Bank supports the #TakeAKnee movement because, as the art showcases, these men recognize the Black community is in distress. The fight for freedom and justice is being carried on their back, as it has historically been carried by many activist athletes such as Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith and John Carlos. These athletes #TakeAKnee in protest against police shootings of unarmed Black people, mass incarceration, income inequality, voter suppression and overall injustice. Throughout history, art has been used to raise awareness about social issues and affect positive change. We are honored to unveil “Last Man Standing“.

And as the largest Black owned bank in America, we also know that economic progress and social justice are intertwined. The OneUnited Bank Take A Knee Campaign takes the #BankBlack and #BuyBlack Movement to the next level. We will donate to the American Civil Liberties Union or ACLU and to BMe Community, in honor of Leon Ford, a BMe Community Genius who is a survivor of police brutality, for each new customer that opens a checking account between October 25, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The Bank will also extend an invitation to all OneUnited Bank customers to become a member of the ACLU and donate to BMe Community.

For more information on how to participate in the Take a Knee Campaign visit www.oneunited.com/takeaknee.

*OneUnited Bank will contribute $5 per new customer that opens a checking account between October 25, 2018 and December 31, 2018 with a $25,000 minimum contribution to the ACLU and BMe Community by January 31, 2019.

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21 Comments
  • Allie Dillard
    What is the requirements to open up a checking or savings account, is there a monthly fee, how much are the atm fees, is there a free standing bank in Houston, Texas and opening up an account is it based on a credit check?
    October 26, 2018 Reply
  • Byron Jackson
    I'm digging that image of the players!
    October 26, 2018 Reply
  • Melody Peterson
    I need this to be made into a CARD image!!! I am in love with this piece.
    October 26, 2018 Reply
  • Pam
    This should be a design for your credit/debit cards!
    October 26, 2018 Reply
  • Mahari Tilahun
    I have been a customer of the bank and its predecessors since 1995. I commend your courageous support of those who would defend the community's integrity. It is not easy to be your customer but if you demonstrate courage I will stay the course.
    October 26, 2018 Reply
  • Earnest Frye
    The painting would make for a Very nice Bank Card!
    October 26, 2018 Reply
  • Earnest Frye
    The painting would look nice on my Bank Card.
    October 26, 2018 Reply
  • Alpha Fluitt
    I totally agree with the stance to protest police brutality against African Americans, of which I am one. A 76 yr. old female, who drank from the colored water fountains. And endured many other restrictions, the Caucasians imposed on us. I applaud this highly visible method of protest. I think that the people on social security should be taking a knee! I think the parents who have kids in public schools should be taking a knee! I think the people taking dangerous and overpriced medicines should be taking a knee! I can go on but I'll stop. Let's call them who they are and not what they don't even come close to looking like.
    October 27, 2018 Reply
    • Kathryn Wright
      Alfa Fliutt..man! Our generation is STILL on their JOBS. The tone/tener of your comments resonated very strongly with me. I agree totally with you. I am 71 but there is no rest for the weary because of VOTING, or the lack thereof, and also gross ignorance..what Senior, or even non-senior for that matter who is not rich should be casting a VOTE for anyone identified with REPUBLICAN? OR cowardly Democrat? Your words inspired me & made me happy that we're still ready, willing & mostly able to lead--you especially & particularly! Thank you for your inspiration. I just heard about One United from a friend. I do not live in any of the states with the bank but I don't think that is a barrier to be being an acct holder. I will look into it & see how 'we' can acquire this lovely COLIN KAEPERNICK-inspired painting!
      November 3, 2018 Reply
      • Kathryn Wright
        Oops..Alpha Fluitt..sorry for the mis-spelling
        November 3, 2018 Reply
  • Rodnry
    Where are your banks located in us
    October 27, 2018 Reply
  • Demetria Sutton
    I tried to use messenger to over 200 FB friends and FB blocked me from doing that. Any ideas on how to get the word out on social media. I am a 66 year old widow, mother of 4, grandmother of 13 and the oldest of 7.I would also like to come on board and recruit ne members for your bank.I am a retired Director of Operations/Senior Buyer for Promise Keepers.
    October 27, 2018 Reply
  • Carol T Wiggins
    hello, for those who already have a checking and saving account, how can we participate. How can I purchase the art work. thank you so much
    October 28, 2018 Reply
  • Jahleel
    You should make this a card theme
    October 28, 2018 Reply
  • Laquanya Hillard
    I want to open up an account. I live in ft Lauderdale. I would like to be sure that I will be able to go to a bank or Branch if something should happen either with my card or my account being how I live in Fort Lauderdale and not in Miami so someone can just let me know how that would work I would really want to open up an account with a black-owned bank
    October 28, 2018 Reply
  • Gregory Nelson
    I like what the bank is doing, keep me posted, thank you.
    October 28, 2018 Reply

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