HBCN DC This week I will meet with community leaders and community residents in two scheduled community roundtable sessions.  One is this morning, Monday, April 27th, 2009, from 9:30-11am, (in route there now) at the Harlem HOPE Center in New York City.  For more informaion call  (917) 477-2800.  Additional invited speakers include Michael Smith, President, New York Bankers Association and Bernell K. Grier, COO, Neighborhood Housing Services of New York.

The Washington, D.C.-Anacostia area HOPE Center will host a similar session on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009, from 2:30pm-4pm.  Additional invited speakers include Alfred Scipio, CEO Treasury Department Federal Credit Union, Michael Grant – President of the National Bankers Association, and Kenneth Wade – CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services Washington D.C. For more information call 202 582 2212.  Joining me at both sessions will be members of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy.  We will both be giving information on the economy and how it impacts you — and what you can do — and getting the public's feedback and recommendations.  Some of the greatest wisdom I have heard has come from God's most humble people.

We will also be "Ringing the Closing Bell" at te NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) this afternoon here in Manhattan, and tomorrow we will be doing a Congressional Briefing onthe Hill in Washington, D.C.  More here later.

All of this leading up to our first ever HOPE GLOBAL FINANCIAL LITERACY SUMMIT, scheduled for June 17th, 2009, SE, Washington, D.C. at THEARC.  Confirmed speakers include U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, FDIC Chair Sheila Bair, and civil rights icon and HOPE global spokeman Ambasssador Andrew Young.  For more information on how you can be a delegate or view by Live Webcast log onto www.operationhope.org/summit.  See you there!

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