I am humbled, honored and gratified to learn that the work of Operation HOPE is increasingly gaining both adoption where it matters (in communities), as well as some well deserved recognition of the actual "work" of Operation HOPE (and the amazing people that make up the organization). So every time I receive an award or recognition, I by extension see the organization, and its many unseen leaders, receiving same. Here is a sampling of just some of the amazing acknowledgements that have come our way in recent weeks and months:
Received the Andrew Goodman Foundation "Hidden Heroes" award, named after Andrew Goodwin who, as a young man, lost his life to racist in the South during the civil rights movement where young Goodwin had "gone south" to help. I was and remain honored to have received this recognition on behalf of Operation HOPE, and our growing silver rights movement, both here and around the world.
Recognized as one of The Root 100 for 2010.
Recognized by Booker Rising, an organization chartered to honor the legacy of Booker T. Washington, as part of their Top 25 for 2010 list.
Recognized amongst former President Bill Clinton and former President George H.W. Bush (as a team in response in Haiti relief efforts) as one of the 2010 Heroes for Newsmax Magazine.
Last but certainly not least, Operation HOPE featured as one of the 365 essential Black Economic History Facts in Dr. Julianne Malveaux's new book "Surviving and Thriving."
Honored, all. Now there is much more work to be done, and in 2011 we are going to be about just that, and more. Hold us accountable. To whom much is given, much is required.
Happy holidays all.