A historic Atlanta bank is busy after influencers in the black community called for people to move their money into black-owned banks. In just five days, 8,000 people submitted applications to join the bank.
Citizens Trust Bank, founded in 1921 on Auburn Ave., is owned and operated by African Americans. After a week of protests following new officer-involved shootings, celebrities and influences started sharing blogs listing various black-owned banks throughout the country. Citizens Trust Bank was on that list.
In the days following the police shooting deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling and in the midst of protests and rallies, national celebrities like Solange Knowles and local influences like Tiwa Works shared pictures and articles convincing people to open accounts and #BankBlack.