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September 23 2015

Cornerstone School Turns to John Hope Bryant Operation HOPE Founder to Provide Inspiration for Students

LOS ANGELES – September 23, 2015Operation HOPE Founder Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant addresses the students at #1 rated Cornerstone High School in Detroit, Michigan on September 24, tying inspiration to aspiration.  

 Bryant says, “We must make financial literacy – teaching each and every one of our children the language of money – the new civil rights issue for the twenty-first century America.”

The only African-American bestselling author on economics in the world today, Bryant has been championing “silver rights,”—a movement to create access and opportunity for the struggling middle class through his book, How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding The Path To The Middle Class, soon to be available in paperback. In it he not only explores how the poor can become a new generation of customers and entrepreneurs if given the right tools, policies, and inspiration, he outlines a plan to accomplish this mission – Project 5117. The initiative P5117 is being implemented by the financial empowerment nonprofit, Operation HOPE, which Bryant founded 1992, following the Los Angeles Riots.        

Cornerstone is a private school serving children in Preschool through 12th grade. It has a 24-year history of continued success in Detroit, and is a model for urban education across the nation. Cornerstone embodies a culture and an excellent education founded upon the teachings of Jesus. Most Cornerstone classes perform one-two grade levels higher than the national average per the Stanford Achievement Test. Cornerstone is proud that 100% of our students graduate high school and 100% are accepted to college. We have been featured on CNN as “One School That Gets it Right” and Excellent Schools Detroit has ranked Cornerstone the #1 school in Detroit.


About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and educational tools in underserved communities. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, encouraged economic preparedness and digital empowerment, promoted homeownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2.5 million individuals, families, and small-business owners. It is currently focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities, as a part of its “silver rights” mission to make free enterprise work for everyone. Visit for more information.