Operation HOPE was founded in the backdrop of the Rodney King riots of 1992 in Los Angeles, focused on serving and empowering the poor and underserved. Today, in the backdrop of the global economic crisis impacting the US and the world over, we find that the nature and texture of our client profile has changed. Today we find ourselves serving the poor, the working class and the struggling middle-class too.
Accordingly, Operation HOPE will, going forward, incorporate the broader frame as "the private banker to the struggling class," and the chief advocate for the silver rights movement -- or "how to make free enterprise work for the least of these, both here and around the world."
With the opening of our HOPE Financial Dignity Center, Atlanta at Ebenezer, now located in the backdrop of the King Center and the final resting place for Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King in Atlanta, Georgia, I increasingly see our work as a humble continuation of the third leg of Dr. King's dream, tackling racism, war and poverty, with economic justice (and empowerment) for all.
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 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 is a though leader represented by the Bright Sight Group for public speaking. 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.