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April 05 2006

First Anacostia Economic Summit Announced by Mayor Williams and Operation HOPE

The May 3 Event Will Highlight Silver Rights and Economic Empowerment
(Washington, D.C.) - April 5, 2006 - During Mayor Anthony A. Williams' weekly press briefing John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE announced that Operation HOPE will host the first Anacostia Economic Summit on May 3 at Ward 8’s recent revitalization effort – The ARC, a state of the art community center. The summit will be attended by Washington, D.C.’s leading financial business, community and political leaders to promote Silver Rights and economic empowerment in the district’s community east of the river. The event will be co-hosted by the District of Columbia and GE Consumer Finance, Citigroup and E*TRADE Financial who also sponsors the Washington, D.C. HOPE Center. It will also mark the Center’s first anniversary.
Featured speakers include Mayor Williams, HOPE national spokesman Andrew Young, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), D.C. Council member Marion Barry, D-Ward 8, D.C. Council member Vincent Gray, D-Ward 7, among others. The summit, through a series of interactive “silver rights” plenary sessions, will explore ways to encourage revitalization in and around Anacostia, as well as all low-wealth and under-served communities throughout the country. These under-served communities represent the last bastion of lost capitalism in America, and opportunity rich, emerging market opportunities for leaders in the private sector, government and community willing to commit to building a new and educated stakeholder class in America. 
“Development and change are coming to East of the River and the Anacostia Economic Summit will focus on making the connection from civil rights to silver rights,” said John Bryant.  “It will emphasize the importance of economic empowerment for those living East of the River and hold plenary sessions on financial literacy, home ownership, jobs, small business, entrepreneurship, health, faith and the environment. The Anacostia Economic Summit will host a national dialogue around solutions for what’s working, and what can be done, underscoring HOPE’s core message that individuals, business, corporations, community and governments can indeed do well and do good too.”
The Silver Rights Movement strives to bring resources, technology and opportunity to low wealth communities by picking up where civil rights left off; integrating the dollar into under funded communities much like the late Dr. King integrated the lunch counter.  Silver rights, through HOPE programs and initiatives, work to create partnerships between government, community and the private sector as a foundation for promoting business development, financial literacy and ownership in underserved communities.
"A hallmark of my administration is increasing economic opportunities for District residents in all neighborhoods,” said Mayor Anthony Williams. “I commend Operation HOPE for fostering home ownership and small business opportunities for all Americans and I\'m proud to be part of this summit."
Washington, D.C. HOPE Center in historic Anacostia has been essential in promoting silver rights to local ward 8 residents, providing programs that help participants establish their own small businesses or purchase their own home.
In 2000, HOPE hosted its first National Inner City Economic Summit in Los Angeles, featuring then U.S. Vice President Al Gore; more than 600 delegates nationwide attended. In 2002, HOPE hosted President Bush’s visit with area residents and business leaders in Los Angeles.
For anyone interested in attending the summit, as participants, volunteers, sponsors or delegates should visit and click on Anacostia Economic Summit box.