December 12 2013
Operation HOPE Represented at Former South African President Nelson Mandela Memorial in Washington, DC
HOPE Global Spokesman Ambassador Andrew Young called on to speak at tribute; joined by HOPE Board Member Southeastern Board Dr. Bernice King and HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant
WASHINGTON – December 12, 2013 – Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant joined Ambassador Andrew Young and Reverend Dr. Bernice King, daughter of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., at the Washington National Cathedral to pay final respects to South Africa’s beloved President Nelson Mandela.
“I am so pleased to be here, on behalf of the Bryant family and the Operation HOPE family to pay respect to one of the world’s greatest leaders, Nelson Mandela, “said Bryant. “We are similarly honored to be in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, on the ground in South Africa. While President Mandela has been promoted, our work to empower the people if South Africa, post Apartheid, continues.” (Last week Bryant shared his comment on the Passing of Nelson Mandela)
Civil Rights Icon and HOPE Global Spokesman Ambassador Young provided inspirational remarks, reflecting on the importance of Mandela’s life. The service, headed by Vice President Biden, was well attended by people from all over the nation, who travelled to be a part of the solemn, yet joyous three-hour tribute to the leader. Mandela’s life was unparalleled; his life achievements included conflict resolution, democracy, human rights, peace, and reconciliation. He was a galvanizing force for the peaceful end of apartheid.
Through Banking on Our Future, South Africa Operation HOPE partnered with the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund in South Africa to teach financial literacy empowerment to youth. Since its launch in 2007, HOPE has educated over 50,000 students and recruited more than 2,000 volunteers throughout the country.
Nelson Mandela was 95; he will be buried at his home village in South Africa.
Pictured: Ambassador Andrew Young speaks at the Washington National Cathedral.