April 23 2007
Operation HOPE Hosts 15th Anniversary
The Bankers Bus Tour will tour
"This city has seen through chaos and shown the makings of a holistic, healthy community, and I'd like to thank the leaders and groups who have led us here with their support and wisdom," said
The event begins at 8 a.m. with a press conference and ceremony at the Operation HOPE, Center located at
Motion picture star, R&B artist, rapper and male fashion icon Tyrese will present one of the HOPE Legacy of Faith Awards, which will be given to six prominent faith and community leaders, without whom there would have not been the necessary environment for rebuilding and revitalization.
Following the ceremony, speakers will join hundreds of additional government, private sector and community leaders, as well as community members, on a string of charter buses set to tour the areas of South Central Los Angeles that saw what many have referred to as a "mini civil war" only 15 years ago - and to highlight progress the community has made since then. A community that after billions have been successfully been invested, is not just back, but better.
"The Bankers Bus Tour is not only a memorial for the riots that took place in South Central Los Angeles 15 years ago," Bryant said. "It is a call-to-action for leaders around the world to take notice and take responsibility for the communities and people in need around them - and to institute change through education."
Fifteen years ago in the wake of the Rodney King riots, Bryant rounded up a host of bankers and businesspeople and took them through sections of South Central Los Angeles that many considered an economic wasteland - with the goal to convince them there were very real possibilities for investment and development.
The Bankers Bus Tour will celebrate the progress, change and investment the community has seen since then, and focus on building an even better landscape for the future.