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Gregg Brown is the President/CEO of the South Side Community Federal Credit Union (“SSCFCU”). It is the first and only community development credit union (“CDCU”) that is owned and managed by African-Americans in Chicago. Opened in 2003, SSCFCU is a federally chartered not-for profit financial cooperative whose mission is to equalize economic power and fight poverty by improving financial education and providing access to fair and affordable credit and savings services for its members. It offers traditional and non-traditional products, services and programs designed to help its members save money, build credit, buy homes and start businesses.
Under Brown’s leadership the credit union has grown to over $4 million in assets
and serves close to 2000 members. SSCFCU is a community development financial institution (“CDFI”) certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and is a HUD approved Housing Agency. It has trained over 3700 people in its free financial education classes, provided one-on-one credit/housing counseling to over 2700 people, and has saved over 1500 families from losing their homes to foreclosure.
Gregg Brown has a passion for economically empowering low-income neighborhoods. He brings over 35years of community development banking expertise to the credit union movement. He was born and raised on Chicago’s South side where he now works. Brown is a graduate of Morehouse College and the National Federation CDCU institute.
Brown is the recipient of several honors and awards, most notably; the Community Hero Award by the Local Initiative Support Corporation., the Frederick Sengstacke Award for Excellence in Community Financial Services by the Chicago Defender Charities, and he was named one of Chicago’s 15 global visionaries by Chicago Public Radio. Brown serves on the Board of Directors of several civic and community-based organizations including the South Side Community Economic Development Center and Shaping America’s Youth Mentoring organization. He is the host of a financial education cable television show entitled “Where Credit is Due”.
Gregg Brown is a published poet and author as well as an actor. He is the poet laureate emeritus of Morehouse College where he wrote poetry to compliment the sermons for the Dean of the Dr. Martin Luther King International Chapel. Most recently, Brown started a worldwide peace movement based on daily prayer and meditation called Peace 11:11.
“Journey Of My Soul” Description
“An inspirational book of poetry that instills a deep sense of pride for our rich African-American heritage. A must read for all ages.” – dr. Margaret G. Burroughs, artist, poet and founder of the DuSable museum of African-American History
“It is simply beautiful. I love the style, t he outlook and the language. It’s poetry that truly echoes the sentiment of my soul.” Oscar Brown, Jr., legendary recording artist, poet, and multi-talented entertainer
“A thought provoking compilation of poetic expressions that creatively address issues relevant to the upliftment of the Black comnmunity. Great work!” – Cliff Kelley, the mayor of Chicago talk radio, WVON 1450AM