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Operation HOPE Founder, Inspiring Change Through Financial Literacy | Posted 01.20.2016 | 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.

Mark on Employment First

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 06.10.2015 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

Mark remembers what it felt like to walk into the AimHire office two years ago looking for a way to rebuild his life. The high-paying job in the mortgage industry in California was gone. It went with the crisis.

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.

Inclusive Economics Could Fend Off the Next Financial Crisis

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Millions of Americans operate outside the traditional banking system. The root causes of this phenomenon are poverty and lack of necessary knowledge. Operation HOPE, now an international organization, works with non-profits, bankers and other partners to promote financial literacy and economic empowerment.

The Second Victim of Ferguson: The Death of Business and Jobs

John Hope Bryant | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

There will be no public laying out of the facts before a jury of one's own peers there. As a result, there will be no easy path to healing for those who feel the system does not work for them. This has to be said, and acknowledged.

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.

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...

Redefining Success. Putting Money Back In Its Place.

John Hope Bryant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
John Hope Bryant

For 100 years the world has been on a fairly consistent march towards more and more free enterprise, and deeper and more sharp edged caverns of capitalism. And for approximately 80 of those years, most of the developed world was not on a bad path.

Thugged Out, But Not Dumb

John Hope Bryant | Posted 11.23.2013 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

This is not a lost generation, just a generation that is a bit lost. We can find America's future, just as soon as we help these young people to find themselves.

America as Chief Global Opportunity Officer, Not Chief Global Police Officer

John Hope Bryant | Posted 11.22.2013 | World
John Hope Bryant

In the 20th century of civil rights justice, the definition of freedom was arguably the right to vote. In many places, it still is. But arguably in the 21st century of silver rights empowerment, the new definition of freedom is more and more what I call self-determination.

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.

Detroit's Future Rise Is Rooted in Its Rich Past

John Hope Bryant | Posted 10.08.2013 | Detroit
John Hope Bryant

Detroit will come back, but the question now is -- how, when and in what form?

Defining Financial Literacy in a New Economic Age

John Hope Bryant | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

Financial education is the baseline, pioneered for underserved and mainstream America. For these young people, the issues were not emotional or self-esteem based, but fundamentals-based.

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: Fighting Blight and Poverty with Credit Scores

John Hope Bryant | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

In the 50 years since the civil rights movement and Dr. King's dream, one problem (racism) has been replaced or at least matched by another -- poverty. Urban poverty, rural poverty, and poverty that hits blacks, whites, browns and others alike.

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.

Live with Dignity, Be a Hero: Reflections From Global Dignity's Summit In Oslo, Norway

Giovanna Mingarelli | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Giovanna Mingarelli

The basic message here was: when we live with dignity, we live from the heart, and to live from the heart is a noble thing indeed. For when we live with that inherent nobility which we all possess, we become heroes.

It's Time to Build Your Personal Economy

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.22.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

A recent report suggest that two-thirds of Hispanic households and 62 percent of African-American households do not earn enough to cover basic needs a...

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."