The Regulator welcomes Howard E. Covington, Jr., in conversation with Self-Help cofounder Martin Eakes, for a reading and signing of Covington's new book, Lending Power: How Self-Help Credit Union Turned Small-Time Loans into Big-Time Change.
In Lending Power journalist and historian Howard E. Covington, Jr. narrates the compelling story of Self-Help's founders and coworkers as they built a progressive and community-oriented financial institution. With nearly two billion dollars in assets, Self-Help shows that such a model for nonprofits can be financially successful while serving the greater good. At a time when calls for economic justice are growing ever louder, Lending Power shows how hard working and dedicated people can help improve their communities.
Howard E. Covington, Jr. is a freelance historian and biographer and the author or coauthor of several books, including Terry Sanford: Politics, Progress, and Outrageous Ambition; The Story of Nationsbank: Changing the Face of American Banking; Henry Frye: North Carolina's First African American Chief Justice; and Favored by Fortune: George W. Watts and the Hills of Durham. An award-winning newspaper reporter and editor, Covington received the Ragan Old North State Award for nonfiction in 2004.
Martin Eakes is co-founder and CEO of Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending. A Greensboro native and graduate of Davidson, Princeton, and Yale, Eakes is a nationally recognized expert on development finance and a MacArthur Fellow. A leader in U.S. community development finance and policy, Martin currently serves on the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees, the Bank of America National Community Advisory Council and the Guilford College Board of Trustees.