This morning I am proud to join Ambassador Andrew Young, civil rights icon, HOPE Global Spokesman and my personal hero, along with Mrs. Carolyn Young, here in Manhattan, New York at the annual conference and 100 anniversary of the NAACP. Mary Hagerty, our global chief of financial literacy at HOPE, who is based out of our Harlem HOPE Center, also joined me here.

A great collection of legends and luminaries on the stage now, including General Colin Powell, Vernon Jordan, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Congressman John Conyers, Dr. Dorothy I. Height, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, and of course Amb. Andrew Young. We are all here, able to be free, because of them.

A special kudos from me, my government relations chief Jena Roscoe, who knows Ben best, and the Operation HOPE family, to my friend Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP. The NAACP family is indeed fortunate to have Ben as its leader at this historic time and place.

Onward with HOPE

John Hope Bryant

NAACP Annual Convention and 100 Year Anniversary

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