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September 30 2013

HRH the Crown Prince of Norway to Address HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta

HRH Crown Prince Haakon to lead discussion about self-reliance and global dignity
ATLANTA – October 2, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today that HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will close the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit (Summit) with a discussion on "dignity for all," in Atlanta on November 13 – 14.
“The Crown Prince is a leading global voice on the critical issue of human dignity, and the potential of all people of the world to contribute to society, and we are humbled that he will be joining our Summit,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE.
HRH Crown Prince Haakon will be following the Norwegian tradition of advancing human potential (in this case the support for civil and silver rights) first set by the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee almost 50 years ago in awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On this day Norway pays respect of visit to Atlanta, as Atlanta did the same in December, 1964, led by Dr. King and his delegation.
The Crown Prince, whose grandfather participated in the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Dr. King, will join Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of the King Center and daughter of Dr. King, along with Ambassador Andrew Young, who traveled to Norway with Dr. King and the delegation, in a new discussion around Dr. King's final book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (1968). Dr. King had turned his attention towards poverty eradication and issues aligned with empowerment of the poor, when he was assassinated in April, 1968.  This open discussion will focus on what comes next, and for a new generation.
Heir to the Norwegian throne, His Royal Highness is son of His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja. He served in the Royal Norwegian Navy, and graduated from the Norwegian Naval Academy in 1995. The following year, he served on board a patrol boat. He holds a BA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s in development studies from the London School of Economics.
Last year, the Crown Prince joined fellow co-founders of Global Dignity, Bryant and Professor Pekka Himman for a global video conference at the historic Ebenezer Church as a part of the 2012 Summit activities. The video conference brought together hundreds of attendees in Atlanta and hundreds more “virtual attendees” across the globe.  
In partnership with the City of Atlanta, the two-day summit,  []  “Global Economic Recovery: How The Poor Can Help Save Capitalism,” will frame the issue of financial inclusion, small business, entrepreneurship, jobs, and financial dignity as essential core ingredients to mid and long-term economic recovery and stability. It is expected to draw 1,000 of the most dynamic and influential financial industry professionals, government decision-makers and faith leader from more than 50 countries around the world.  
About Operation HOPE
Since 1992, Operation HOPE has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities. 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 two million individuals, families and small business owners. Operation HOPE is driven by a “silver rights” mission to promote financial inclusion for the struggling middle class through financial literacy, dignity and capital enterprise.
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