"We selected financial literacy as the first silver rights issue, because in an economic era everyone needs to understand the universal language of money, or financial literacy empowerment. Soon, other silver rights would follow, from opening a bank account, to starting a business, becoming an entrepreneur or owning a home. Empowerment, we believed, would lead to more empowerment. And more empowerment would lead to individual economic freedom, which in turn leads to jobs for the community, a tax base for cities, resources for schools, safe streets and funded health care, too.
We selected financial literacy because we thought that this is what Dr. King would be doing now."
John Hope Bryant, speaking at White House Urban Entrepreneurship Summit, Newark, NJ
John Hope Bryant is founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, bestselling author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and a member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for President Barack Obama