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July 24 2014

Dr. Bernice A. King to Serve as Honorary Co-Chair for 2014 HOPE Global Forum

ATLANTA – August 14, 2014 – Operation HOPE announced today that civil rights advocate and CEO of the King Center, Dr. Bernice A. King will serve as an Honorary Co-Chair for the  2014 HOPE Global Forum in Atlanta, November 12–13. In addition to providing General Session remarks, Dr. King will moderate the panel, “Expanding the Gains of Women and Girls: How Women and Girls Can Continue to Prosper in the Global Economy.”

“Society needs to prioritize young people by investing in them. I’m proud to work with Operation HOPE to empower our next generation. Teaching our youth self-sufficiency is some of the most important work today,” said Dr. King. “Money (when honestly earned) makes people feel and act better, creates opportunity and bestows a sense of self-confidence and pride.”

King, who has been actively involved in financial literacy programs for youth for some time, is the prefect embodiment of human dignity and financial freedom. She serves on Operation HOPE’s Southeastern Board of Directors and also serves on the Board of the Inaugural Regions Diversity Advisory Council for Regions Financial, which was established in May 2010. In January 2012, she was appointed by the Board of Trustees as Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, which was founded by her mother in 1968. During the summer of the same year, King launched the N.O.W. (Nonviolence Opportunity Watch) Summer Camp for youth from ages 13 -18. Young people have come from as far as New Mexico and Cyprus to attend the week long camp. During the camp, students are introduced to the Kingian Nonviolence Principles exemplified by King’s father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice has long continued the struggle for civil rights and fairness to all.  Bernice is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Law Degrees from Emory University. She has also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College. She is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia. On January 30, 2007, the first year anniversary of her mother’s death, Bernice returned to her alma mater, Spelman College, to announce the establishment of the “Be A King Scholarship in honor of Coretta Scott King.”

A delegation of more than 1,500 of the most dynamic and influential global thought leaders from business, finance, technology, government, education and philanthropy financial industry professionals are expected to attend the two-day forum, whose theme is Reimagining the Global Economy: Expanding Free Enterprise for All.

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