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November 08 2010

The Goodman Foundation Honors Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant with the Hidden Heroes Award for His Work to Inspire and Educate


Los Angeles – November 8, 2010 – Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today that the Andrew Goodman Foundation will present the Hidden Heroes Award to HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant during a ceremony hosted by NBC News Anchor Demarco Morgan on Sunday, December 5, 2010. Taking place at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY, the ceremony will pay tribute to all this year’s Hidden Heroes and will recognize social activist and performer Harry Belafonte with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bryant is being honored for his ground-breaking work to inspire, educate and empower budding entrepreneurs and youth in underserved and under-resourced communities. His financial literacy and empowerment nonprofit has raised more than $500 million, helped restructure more than $360 million in sub-prime mortgages and educated over 1.2 million people in the quest to ultimately eradicate poverty. It was also announced that Bryant will serve the Obama Administration on the President’s Council on Financial Capability.

The Hidden Heroes program, which was launched last year, is part of an initiative that aims to inspire, educate and reward people who take personal responsibility for healing the world - carrying on the spirit that inspired Andrew Goodman to travel to Mississippi in 1964. Hidden Heroes are ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to change the world for the better. The award honors and supports social activism that gets results.

The Hidden Heroes Award is presented each year to as many as five individuals whose work exemplifies the Goodman Foundation’s core mission of promoting human dignity, civil rights and social justice through actions characterized by great personal initiative, selflessness, fearlessness, compassion, imagination, and achievement.

In addition to Bryant, award recipients for 2010 are: City Green Founder Jennifer Papa; Barbara Pasternack from TheatreworksUSA; and Global Goods Partners Founders Catherine Lieber Shimony and Joan Shifrin.

As a, a 20 year-old college student, Andrew Goodman was murdered in 1964 while participating in “Freedom Summer” – a voter registration project in Mississippi to expand black voting in the South. The Andrew Goodman Foundation was created in 1966 by Robert and Carolyn Goodman to honor the spirit and the purpose of their son Andy’s life. Carolyn Goodman led the foundation until her death in 2007 at the age of 91. Today, Andy’s brother, David, and other family members continue to bring the story of Andy’s life and death into public view with the intention of inspiring and supporting the kind of change that brings peace and justice to all.