I was honored to join the Operation HOPE, Atlanta and the Ebenezer Church family as we recognized and honored some of the partners for the HOPE Financial Dignity Center at Ebenezer, which will be the anchor tenant of and for the under-construction Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Complex, situated within the larger King Center complex.
Saluting and acting on the Operation HOPE-FINANCIAL SERVICES ROUNDTABLE Framework Agreement signed in 2009 at the HOPE Global Financial Literacy Summit, HOPE Partners present on Sunday included Steve Bartlett, CEO of the FINANCIAL SERVICES ROUNDTABLE, Esther Stearns, president of LPL Financial (and a member of the national board for Operation HOPE), Candy Moore, senior vice president for Wells Fargo, and Shawn Miles, group head, global public policy and regulatory strategy counsel, law and franchise integrity, MasterCard. Other partners not present included State Farm Insurance, SunTrust Bank, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Coca-Cola and the United Way of Greater Atlanta.
A special thank you to my friend, partner and Operation HOPE Southeast board member, Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Church and its 5th pastor in 125 years since its founding. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his father Martin King, Sr., for whom the development will be named after, jointly served as the 3rd co-pastors for Ebenezer Church during the civil rights movement.
The HOPE Financial Dignity Center at Ebenezer will seek, in its humble manner, to continue to work and legacy of Dr. King and Daddy King well into the 21st century, and for a new generation of silver rights empowerment leaders.
More to come. Stay tuned. Let's go.
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) the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and a Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum.