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March 09 2015

John Bryant's Plan to Save the Bank Branch — and Ruin Payday Lenders

John Bryant's Plan to Save the Bank Branch — and Ruin Payday Lenders

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AMERICAN BANKER

Longtime civil rights activist Andrew Young admits that he didn't know what to make of Operation Hope founder John Bryant when he first met him. Impressed as he was with Operation Hope's focus on improving the financial lives of low-income Americans, Young initially viewed Bryant as too much of a self-promoter.

"The first few times I met him, he was so pushy, so aggressive, that he turned me off a bit," says Young, a former aide to Martin Luther King Jr., who went on to become a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Carter and a two-term Atlanta mayor.

Eventually, though, Young came to realize that Bryant's dynamic — some might say cocky — style, was perfectly suited for a nonprofit whose over-arching mission is nothing less than eradicating poverty in inner cities and rural communities...   READ FULL ARTICLE HERE.