Last week I had the pleasure of spending some quality time with former Georgia State Senator Leroy Johnson, who is today chairman of the board for the historic Ebenezer Church, in Atlanta, Georgia. Senator Johnson, who is also an attorney, leads the Ebenezer Church board of trustees, working closely with Ebenezer senior pastor, Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock, whom Operation HOPE is partnering with around the coming HOPE Financial Dignity Center, Ebenezer. The HOPE Center, Ebenezer is the anchor tenant for the new Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resource Complex, at the King Center.

Both the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resource Complex, named in honor of Daddy King, and the HOPE Center, Ebenezer, are scheduled to open to the public in the Fall. There will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the HOPE Center, Ebenezer on November 14th, 2012, tied to and around the coming HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit, scheduled for November 14th and 15th, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is our confirmed keynote speaker for the global summit.

For more information on Operation HOPE, Atlanta, and the coming opening of the HOPE Center, Ebenezer and the Global Summit, contact HOPE, Atlanta CEO James Bailey.

Onward and with HOPE,

John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, 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 the U.S., and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also 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. Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation, an NYSE Euronext publicly traded company, and a division of $54 billion Ares Capital.
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