This past Thursday, November 18, 2011, was the 20th anniversary of the day Rev. Leon Sullivan was recognized by the United States of America for his vast achievements nationally and internationally. On this day, Rev. Sullivan and his family arose to go to the White House for the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony that President George H.W. Bush held in honor of Mr. Sullivan.
The President took note of Rev. Sullivan's “voice of reason” for over forty years, and his lifetime devotion to helping economically and socially disadvantaged people gain equal rights under law throughout world. (See President Bush’s exact statement here).
His daughter and my friend Mrs. Hope Sullivan-Masters said recently, "I was proud to go with him that morning, and I am proud to continue his work today. I am privileged to have had Leon Sullivan’s voice of reason guide my entire life, and I was overjoyed to see the President of the United States recognize him as a role-model for his groundbreaking achievements in the Civil Rights Movement and on the continent of Africa."
Hope Sullivan-Masters continued saying in her call to action, "this December 15th, 2011, the Leon Sullivan Foundation, will recognize individuals and entities making similarly groundbreaking advancements for the nations and people of Africa. So, I invite you all to join me in celebrating the day President Bush honored my father by also honoring him through your attendance at the 2011 Sullivan Honors in Washington, D.C." Click here to view the event summary
We should all do whart we can to not only celebrate this great man's work, but to continue and to amplify it. I was proud to stand next to Rev. Sullivan on one of our many trips to Africa for his summits, and I am proud to stand with his daughter and family today.
Okay, 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.