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October 19 2011

Silver Rights Movement Brightens with the Dedication of the King Memorial

HOPE Express Atlanta office renews mission; makes a difference in the community

Atlanta, GA – While tens of thousands of people from across the country thronged the Washington Mall on Sunday to dedicate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Operation HOPE (HOPE), examined its mission and the work of its Financial Literacy and Empowerment Center in Atlanta (HOPE Center), announcing program results for the recently established express office.

As Phrase I, graduates into Phase II, the HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant announced key accomplishments of the new resource office. "Atlanta is the spiritual home of the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King knew that there was a relationship between civil rights and what HOPE calls ‘silver rights,'" noted Bryant. “As we reflect on the power of the Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream, we make the next step in the civil rights process, making financial resources and providing access to underserved communities and making capitalism and free enterprise work for the poor.”

Atlanta Office accomplishments include:

  • 34,487clients served
  • Recruited 1580 HOPE Corps volunteers
  • Provided youth financial literacy through Banking on Our Future to 30,141 students
  • Educated 1,256college students in financial literacy through BOOF, College Edition
  • Helped 2337individuals through foreclosure prevention counseling
  • Helped 146families with loan modification approvals, representing a total of $10,206,611 in funded  modifications

Since breaking ground on the new flagship HOPE Center in April 2010, with the support of Ebenezer Baptist Church and The Financial Services Roundtable, along with founding partners SunTrust Bank, LPL Financial, State Farm Insurance, Wells Fargo, MasterCard, Coca Cola, the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) and honorary partners Atlanta-based Capitol City Bank and Citizens Trust Bank, HOPE has made a concentrated effort to serve the Atlanta community and the Southeastern region.

Temporarily housed at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the HOPE Express Office is the headquarters for program services until the Martin Luther King Senior Resource Facility, the final home of the Atlanta HOPE Center is completed. The new King facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2012.