"70% of Americans lived from paycheck to paycheck before the economic crisis of 2008, according to the Federal Reserve.  That was not 70% of black folks, or Latino folks, or white folks, but all folks.  Frankly, today whether you are white, black, red, brown or yellow, you just want to see some more green (U.S. currency).  Today, financial literacy is no longer a luxury. Today financial literacy is the new civil rights issue.  If you don't understand the language of money today, and you don't have a bank account today, you are an economic slave."

 

John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for President Barack Obama

 

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