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September 19 2013

Operation HOPE CEO John Hope Bryant Joins Congressional Black Caucus Panel on Minority Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship

 Panel hosted by Rep. Hank Johnson part of week-long dialogue on improving financial standing of underserved communities during the CBC Annual Meeting  
WASHINGTON, DC – September 19, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE) founder and CEO John Hope Bryant joined a Capitol Hill panel today to discuss strategies for supporting the financial health and dignity of underserved U.S. communities. The panel, hosted by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), is a part of week-long festivities commemorating the annual meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in Washington, DC.  
"Operation HOPE's Silver Rights Movement builds on the Civil Rights Movement and Economic Justice Campaign, building upon the groundwork set by Martin Luther King, Jr. The aim of HOPE is to deliver financial empowerment through financial literacy tools and volunteers," said HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant. “Going forward, HOPE believes that the most efficient way to positively impact the communities we serve is by raising credit scores, reinvigorating student engagement in the classroom and promoting entrepreneurship endeavors for youth and adults.” 
Marking the anniversary of the great financial meltdown, Bryant shared some of the findings from HOPE’s 2012 executive report, which was just released. The report details policy recommendations and best practices as discussed and shared during the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Forum in Atlanta, last November. He also focused his discussion on the importance of investing and improving financial literacy by starting entrepreneur endeavors. Under the umbrella of Operation HOPE Project 5117 and America 2020, Bryant shared that through these two new innovative programs HOPE expects to empower 1 million youth through participation in an empowerment intervention strategy; quadruple from 5% to 20% and create 25,000 new youth entrepreneurs. 
Bryant was joined by panelists Kelvin Boston Moneywise host; Cassius Butts US Small Business Administration regional administrator Region IV; Nate Bennett-Fleming DC Shadow Representative; Omar A. Karim President of Banneker Ventures, LLC, Gabrielle Jordan entrepreneur, author, speaker; Erin Currier director, Economic Mobility The Pew Charitable Trusts; and Ryan Mack financial advisor.

As a testimony to HOPE’s work, three graduates from Operation HOPE’s Financial Dignity Center in Anacostia: Constant McDade owner Three Steps Up Catering Services; and Billey Johnson owner Tek World Systems Information Technology Security Services; and Anthony McFarland owner Honey Bun Cake Factory were in attendance and highlighted by Bryant as HOPE success stories. McFarland took the opportunity to pass out bakery samples for the audience to enjoy.
In addition to his role at the leading financial dignity nonprofit, John Bryant is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, White House adviser, former U.N. Goodwill Ambassador and empowerment leader. He founded HOPE, America’s first nonprofit social investment banking organization, after the 1992 L.A. Riots with a vision to offer financial resources and access to underserved communities. His organization's mission has become a "silver rights" movement, picking up where Dr. Martin Luther King left off on the Poor People's Campaign. President Bill Clinton described Bryant in his bestselling book GIVING as “…a whirlwind of ideas and action. Lean, intense, focused, and completely positive in his belief in the potential of poor people to prosper, with ‘a hand up and not a hand out…”
 About Operation HOPE
Operation HOPE is America’s leading nonprofit social investment banking and financial dignity empowerment organization. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families, and small business owners. Operation HOPE is leading the “silver rights” movement, making free enterprise and capitalism relevant to all underserved communities. For more information, please visit