October 21 2015
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz Declares Global Dignity Day, October 20, during Celebrations at Bartlett High School
Global Dignity is a worldwide movement to create understanding and respect between all people through five dignity principles
ANCHORAGE, AK – October 22, 2015 – George Martinez, special assistant to Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, presented a proclamation to Operation HOPE CEO and Global Dignity Co-founder John Hope Bryant, declaring October 20th as Global Dignity Day during the celebration activities at Bartlett High School. After the main event selected students discussed the meaning of dignity one on one with Bryant.
John Bryant is also the Chairman and CEO of Bryant Group Ventures and Founder and Chairman of Operation HOPE and the Country Chair of Global Dignity USA, a subsidiary of Global Dignity. The organization is an autonomous nonprofit that works to promote the five principles of global dignity by creating a conversation on the issues, promoting dignity-based leadership, and introducing the concept of human dignity to youth all over the world.
“Dignity, to me, is rooted in both freedom and respect: the freedom to live as you choose based on what matters to you most, and the respect granted to your choices and your values by those around you,” Bryant shared with the students. “To live a dignified life is to be accepted by your peers and embraced by your wider community, and to have the opportunity to fulfill your true potential.”
Located in a city of more than 270,000 people, Bartlett High is the 2nd most diverse high school in America. Approximately 1,500 students in grades 9 – 12 attend. Its mission is to pursue excellence in the educational, vocational, cultural, social and physical needs of all students so that they will be inspired to seek education and truth and join a community of life-long learners.
The event is celebrated every third Wednesday in October 20 by volunteers bringing “A Course in Dignity” to classrooms worldwide. On the first Global Dignity Day in 2008 schools in 20 countries participated, this year 74 schools joined in the activities. Global Dignity Day volunteer instructors have included Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan and Archbishop-Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
A natural entrepreneur, Bryant became a businessman early in life with a modest, but life changing, $40 investment from his mother in his first business idea at the age of 10. John Hope Bryant is a ‘silver rights’ entrepreneur and businessman, author, thought leader, philanthropist and the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Ventures. Bryant has been an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents, whose work has been recognized by the last five (5) U.S. presidents. On February 26, 2014, Bryant was appointed by President Obama to serve on his new U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, focused on the next generation of young leaders. Mr. Bryant is the only bestselling author on economics in the world today who happens to also be African-American. How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding The Path to the Middle Class (Barrett-Koehler) was selected as the Best Business Book for Economics & Finance for 2014 by 800-CEOREAD. Bryant is a recipient of Oprah's Angel Network Use Your Life Award.