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Baltimore Sun's 2018 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Joseph Haskins Jr.

Baltimore Sun's 2018 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Joseph Haskins Jr.

Leaders in Baltimore’s black business community started talking about creating their own bank at least as far back as the early 1970s, realizing the potential for an institution that could help finance businesses and mortgages for people who had been traditionally shut out of banks. But making it a reality proved difficult. Many in the city’s white business community didn’t see the need, many in the black community didn’t see the possibilities such an institution could provide, and federal and state regulators didn’t make anything easy. It wasn’t until Joseph Haskins Jr. came on board that everything changed.

A City College and Morgan State graduate, Mr. Haskins went to New York...

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