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January 10 2012

White House Highlights James Bailey as a “Champion of Change” For Following in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, January 12th, eight local leaders who are following in the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored at the White House as Champions of Change. These men and women, who include business and non-profit leaders and community volunteers, have each taken great strides to improve the lives of others through volunteerism and in providing economic opportunity to others in their community.
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different issue is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to better their communities.
To watch this event live, visit at 1:30 pm ET January 12th.
James Bailey serves as Market Vice President for the Southeast Region of Operation HOPE, a global non-profit, public benefit organization; America’s leading provider of economic tools, services, and financial dignity for the underserved.  
This fall in Atlanta, HOPE will open its flagship Financial Dignity Center at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, offering free programs for the community to include Home Ownership workshops, Small Business and Entrepreneurship training, Mortgage Crisis Assistance, Credit and Money Management Counseling, and many other services designed to empower and uplift.  
Since 2005 under James’ leadership in Atlanta, HOPE has helped over 40,000 children, individuals, and families, learn the language of money, start businesses, save their homes, and increase their financial dignity. 
A native of Atlanta, graduate of the University of Georgia and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, James has committed his life to serving others.  Firmly believing to whom much is given, much is required,  James devotes the majority of his time outside the office mentoring and volunteering with several organizations; most notably serving as Scoutmaster of the Mighty Troop 100, the largest inner city Boy Scout troop in the United States, sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Atlanta.