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February 11 2016

Operation HOPE Founder to Host Special Live Edition of American Black Journal February 24 on PBS Detroit

John Hope Bryant will facilitate a conversation on “Closing the Wealth Gap: Creating Prosperity in Communities of Color” on PBS Detroit for Black History Month

DETROIT– February 12, 2016 – Operation HOPE Founder and CEO John Hope Bryant will moderate a special edition of American Black Journal "CLOSING THE WEALTH GAP: Creating Prosperity In Communities of Color." The one-hour broadcast will air on Detroit Public Television February 24, at 7:30pm EST in celebration of Black History Month. The program will also stream live online, and a recording will be available on demand for one year.

Pivoting from the founding of the Freedman’s Bank, and bringing its legacy forward through the U.S. Treasury, the show will explore a number of issues, including gender and class; the political, historical, and socio-economic contexts and consequences of wealth inequalities, and the forms of wealth held by different subgroups of the U.S. population. Expert panel members will also discuss critical topics including personal budgeting and financial planning, home ownership, investing and securities, generating wealth, access to capital, and succession planning.

John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, businessman, and bestselling author. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of the economic empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, and Bryant Group Ventures, and a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.

The program is produced by international award-winning filmmaker Clara Wilkerson.  Ms. Wilkerson has 30 years of experience in broadcast television. Excerpts from her films have been broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She created programs that have aired on the Discovery Channel, PBS, CBS, ABC and NBC network affiliates. Wilkerson has produced more than 20 films held in over 500 libraries worldwide. Recently CRW completed a video production on the history of the Freedman’s Bank for the United States Treasury and a one-hour program “Starting for Scratch: The Remarkable Life of John W. Barfield” produced in collaboration with Detroit Public TV. The documentary is narrated by award-winning actor Jeff Daniels.

WTVS Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is the viewer-supported non-commercial PBS member station serving the nation's 11th largest television market. It is watched by more than 1.5 million people per week in Detroit and Southeast Michigan, and another 1.2 million people per week throughout Canada via cable and satellite—reaching a total of nearly 3 million weekly viewers. DPTV also runs a radio station, WRCJ FM, in partnership with the Detroit Public Schools at the Detroit School of Arts; and a Midtown TV studio in Detroit in partnership with Wayne State University.  DPTV is a 501(c)(3) organization licensed under the name Detroit Educational Television Foundation WTVS-Channel 56 in Detroit, and operates under the names DPTV, Detroit Public TV, Channel 56, and WTVS and www.dptv.org.