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September 22 2015

Clinton School of Public Service Hosts Operation HOPE Founder and Thought Leader John Hope Bryant for Speaker Program and Book Signing

Bryant becomes part of the Presidential Center’s legacy, joining a distinguished group of Nobel Laureates, Ambassadors, Pulitzer Prize-winners, and Cabinet members who inspire ideas into action

LOS ANGELES – September 22, 2015 – Following the 1000th speaker with Chelsea Clinton, Operation HOPE Founder Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant addresses the Clinton School of Public Service, on September 21, to discuss How the Poor Can Save Capitalism and his vision to turn underserved communities into emerging markets. Afterwards, the Bookshop has books available for Bryant to share and sign for attendees.

 Bryant says, “We must make financial literacy – teaching each and every one of our children the language of money – the new civil rights issue for the twenty-first century America.”

The only African-American bestselling author on economics in the world today, Bryant has been championing “silver rights,”—a movement to create access and opportunity for the struggling middle class through his book, How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding The Path To The Middle Class, soon to be available in paperback. In it he not only explores how the poor can become a new generation of customers and entrepreneurs if given the right tools, policies, and inspiration, he outlines a plan to accomplish this mission – Project 5117. The initiative P5117 is being implemented by the financial empowerment nonprofit, Operation HOPE, which Bryant founded 1992, following the Los Angeles Riots.        

Located at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, the school is the vision of President Bill Clinton, who wanted to create a global institution that legitimized the practice of public service within academia. To date, over 165,000 community members have attended these free events and over 150,000 have watched online. This distinguished group has included over 40 ambassadors, 7 Nobel Laureates, 9 former presidents or prime ministers, over 20 Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and 5 sitting cabinet members.

The speaker series enhances the education of the students allowing them unprecedented interaction with leading academics, newsmakers and world leaders.  This past year, over 110 events including Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges, civil rights pioneer Ernie Green and Minnijean Brown Trickey, former CIA director Michael Morrell, and co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ben Cohen have participated.

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About John Hope Bryant

A thought leader for financial dignity, John Hope Bryant is and American social entrepreneur and notably one of the foremost authorities on poverty eradication and economic equality.  He is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and the Bryant Group Companies, Inc.  An advisor to the last four presidents’, Bryant currently serves as on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Youth and is a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He is an alumnus of the Forum of Young Global Leaders for the World Economic Forum and former member of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council. After battling homelessness for six months of his young adulthood, Bryant has dedicated his life to leading the way for others. He resides in Atlanta with his wife. You can read more about his vision for “silver rights” on his blog at www.JohnHopeBryant.com.

About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and educational tools in underserved communities. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, encouraged economic preparedness and digital empowerment, promoted homeownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2.5 million individuals, families, and small-business owners. It is currently focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities, as a part of its “silver rights” mission to make free enterprise work for everyone. Visit www.operationhope.org for more information.