Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. fought and died for the less fortunate. When King was killed, he was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers who were fighting for better pay and working conditions. (Branden Camp/AP)

By Michelle Singletary January 13 at 12:09 PM 

Have you ever felt like you didn’t get the memo?

I’m talking about a life instruction sheet that lays out what you should do to get ahead, especially economically.

On Jan. 15, we celebrate the work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights icon who fought and died for the less fortunate. When King was killed, he was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers who were fighting for better pay and working conditions. 

Decades after King’s death, so many people are still struggling for financial justice and a life above the poverty line. For many of them, the road to a more financially stable future begins with approaching wealth a different way.

To help them in their journey, I picked for this month’s Color of Money Book Club “The Memo: Five Rules For Your Economic Liberation” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, $24.95). The book is by John Hope Bryant, founder and chief executive of Operation HOPE, an organization in Atlanta dedicated to economic empowerment for low- to moderate-income individuals and families in underserved communities.

Bryant says he wrote this book for what he calls the “invisible class.” This includes:

Read the complete article in The Washington Post here.

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