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John Hope Bryant

Operation HOPE Founder, Inspiring Change Through Financial Literacy | Posted 01.20.2017 | Black Voices

A native of South Central Los Angeles, John Hope Bryant was always a business-savvy kid. Now, the CEO and Founder of Operation HOPE, a non-profit that brings financial literacy to low-wealth communities, Bryant just wrapped the organization's 2016 HOPE Global Forums Annual Meeting.

Ambassador/Dr. Andrew Young Comes to Motown: An Evening of HOPE for Detroiters

Ryan Mack | Posted 07.09.2016 | Detroit
Ryan Mack

Hosted by the Charles H. Wright Museum, the evening delivered a packed house of Detroit residents who had every reason to feel excited about the future of Detroit at the conclusion of the program.

Spin Fail as Clinton Foundation Keeps Books Firmly Shut

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.21.2016 | Media
Till Bruckner

Earlier this month, I was in Marrakech to cover the Clinton Global Initiative schmoozefest and make up my mind about whether the Clinton Foundation is as sinister as its critics make it out to be.

Leading Entrepreneurs-in-the-making to Better Futures

John Hope Bryant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

In places like Ferguson, young entrepreneurs usually materialize as drug dealers. In places like Ferguson, gang leaders are frustrated union organizers -- same talents for leadership; same aspirations; no hope.

REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding; A Different Narrative for Black Men In America

Michele Hunt | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Michele Hunt

This book shines a light on impactful, positive stories of successful Black men who dared to dream big, and made their dreams come true against tremendous obstacles.

Project 5117

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Project 5117 is a project of Operation HOPE and is an approach to combating economic inequality. It is detailed in "How the Poor Can Save Capitalism:...

Why Detroit Should Implement Project 5117

Ryan Mack | Posted 08.17.2014 | Detroit
Ryan Mack

I love Detroit enough that I am willing to fight for its recovery and do whatever is in my power to give back to it. Although I moved to New York and now DC, I have continued to implement financial education programming in the city.

The House

Ashleigh Rolle | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Ashleigh Rolle

The reason I became so fully immersed in the project first started by Prince Haakon, John Hope Bryant and Pekka Himanen was because as cliché' as it sounds, I realized that life is a journey and through them I discovered that we should all be allowed to explore it with dignity.

Black and Brown America -- Here Comes the Memo

John Hope Bryant | Posted 08.03.2014 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

It's time for black and brown America to get their copy of what I call The Memo. It's so straight forward, you can decide to ignore this article al...

Continuing the Poverty Eradication Work of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., Introducing Project 5117

John Hope Bryant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

Dr. King believed, and I believe rightly so, that America could never achieve her full potential until Black America and other minority groups, as well as other low-wealth communities and left-behind populations, had an equal shot at the American dream.

Open-Source Capitalism and the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit

John Hope Bryant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
John Hope Bryant

The real vision, mission and purpose for the 2nd annual HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit was actually quite simple -- to break the traditional cyc...

The 50th Anniversary of 'I Have A Dream' Is Not All Celebration

John Hope Bryant | Posted 11.08.2013 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

It was not a prosperity agenda, it was an anti-oppression agenda.

Reflecting on the Trayvon Martins of Our World and Our Responsibility to Them

John Hope Bryant | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

Left alone to eat his Skittles and move about his business, Trayvon would still be alive today. He was not playing with the social fire that, respectfully I say, my childhood friend George was. But I cannot help but draw the association between these two senseless childhood deaths.

The 21st Century Definition of Freedom: Self-Determination for All

John Hope Bryant | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

While democracy continues to fight the good fight for space and place in our lives in important parts of the world -- not yet free to vote, dream and to create on their own -- for most of the world the issues we face today are different.

Obama Speaks as Father-In-Chief at Morehouse College Commencement

John Hope Bryant | Posted 07.29.2013 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

The president did not come as Commander In Chief, he came as Father In Chief. And clearly, anyone who understands these demanding times knows that the challenges of family life we face today are more critical to the future of this nation than the present confusion that dominates the Congress.

Solving Poverty: The New Philanthropy is a Job

John Hope Bryant | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

Creating even one job for those otherwise left-behind is helping. And if you cannot create a job, sponsor a business internship. In most cases, we can all do something. When you do this you are joining a unique club of American job creators.

Solving Poverty: A Business Plan Called 'Hard Work'

John Hope Bryant | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

This week I met Mr. Eric McLean, a mobile notary public here in Atlanta, Ga. who came by my office to have me sign some documents. As we signed documents I asked a fairly simply question -- "Eric, how did you become a notary?"

On Leadership: Sunburned Black Folks

John Hope Bryant | Posted 07.07.2013 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

This just makes me smile, because it completely neutralizes the backwards theory of and around this crazy thing called race and racism. While in the...

Solving Poverty: What South Africa Needs Now Are Jobs

John Hope Bryant | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

What (South) Africa needs now is a new generation of bottom-up entrepreneurs, small business owners and self-employment projects for those ages 25 and below.

On Leadership: The Power of Persistence

John Hope Bryant | Posted 06.30.2013 | Business
John Hope Bryant

This is what I am built with and by -- tenacity. Stick-to-it-ness. The magic of compounded hustle. Persistence. I just never give up. You shouldn't either.

Solving Poverty: Poverty Is the New Racism

John Hope Bryant | Posted 04.22.2013 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

In Dr. King's day the issue seemed to be one of love or hate, but today the issue is less about love or hate, and more about of what I would call "radical indifference."

On Leadership: Just Borrow My Ladder

John Hope Bryant | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

Learn how to overcome your challenges. How to overcome your obstacles. How to overcome your fears. How to overcome failure.

Solving Poverty: Dr. King's Dream and Silver Rights Not Such a New Idea

John Hope Bryant | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

As we reflect this year on the 84th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 50th anniversary of the "I Have A Dream" speech, I think about the vast unfinished agenda of Dr. King.

Solving Poverty. WANTED: A New Revolution of 100 Million Youth in the Middle East

John Hope Bryant | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
John Hope Bryant

Everyone ultimately wants the same thing -- a shot at real opportunity, real aspiration, a real job, or alternatively, to be able to create something that changes the world. We have now seen the hopelessness version of this. Let's now give the hope-filled version a try.

A Fiscal Cliff for All

John Hope Bryant | Posted 02.13.2013 | Money
John Hope Bryant

Yes, these are indeed tough times for far too many in America and around the world, but we are resilient and built to survive, adapt and thrive. We are the American company, built to last. Her people.