John Hope Bryant responds to criticism surrounding Ambassador Andrew Young’s comments towards ‘Black Lives Matter’ activists. In the video, Bryant explains how the private sector embraced integration during the Civil Rights era, due to economic pressure on businesses. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s key strategist, Ambassador Andrew Young negotiated integration behind the scenes on Dr. King’s behalf. This calls attention to the need for a strategy. Bryant encourages Black America to create a business plan — a strategy beyond staging protests. “Anger is not a strategy and frustration is not a plan.” Ambassador Andrew Young is not only a Civil Rights icon, but the Global Spokesman for Operation HOPE and a personal mentor to John Hope Bryant. As such, Bryant asserts that Ambassador Andrew Young deserves our respect.
“But as President Obama prepares to leave office, Black America has — no business plan — for a successful future. What we need, is a business plan.”