Operation HOPE Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

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Financial independence book makes three bestseller lists

LOS ANGELES – July 2, 2014 – Today marks the one-month anniversary of the release of How the Poor Can Save Capitalism (Berrett-Koehler Publisher) by John Hope Bryant CEO of Operation HOPE. Notably this also marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

“This book is a memo to America, which fulfills King’s dream of economic and civil rights. It lays out a plan for rebuilding a path to the middle class; a pathway for true financial and personal independence, an important goal as we celebrate our nation’s independence,” says the author.

CEOREAD announced today, the book as #9 on its Best-seller list, a monthly compilation of the top selling books by the wholesale business book leader. These books are featured on their website, and within the Keen Thinker Newsletter, and syndicated through various publications.

How the Poor Can Save Capitalism has reached as high as #9 on Amazon’s Bestsellers list, and also topped the chart as the #1 Bestselling book on Poverty and Social Policy, arguably the most important issues in America. The publisher is already rushing a reprint of the book.

The title also climbed to #1 of all Berrett Koehler Publishers titles on the Apple App Store and iBooks.

In his new book Bryant, lays out a plan for financial inclusion as a step towards financial independence for individuals in underserved communities. Business and political leaders, Bryant points out, are ignoring the one force that could truly re-energize the stalled American economy: the 'poor.'  If we give the teetering class (the poor, near poor, and struggling middle class) the right tools, policies and inspiration, he asserts, they will be able to life themselves up into a stable middle class and become a new generation of customers and entrepreneurs.   

The book has met with excellent reviews across party lines, as a solutions-based approach to the problem of income and wealth inequality.

Here is some of the media reaction to the book:

Bloomberg Businessweek  Diane Brady  June 25, 2014

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-06-25/can-the-poor-pull-themselves-out-of-poverty

 TIME Magazine -- June 17, 2014 

 http://time.com/2885419/saving-capitalism/

 NEWSMAX Interview June 16, 2014

http://www.newsmax.com/NewsmaxTv/John-Hope-Bryant-Americas-Forum-Newsmax-TV/2014/06/16/id/577336/

Interview on WNYC Radio:

http://www.wnyc.org/story/how-poor-can-save-capitalism/

On the Steve Harvey Morning Show, with Steve Harvey

http://www.johnhopebryant.com/john_hope_bryant_/2014/06/listen-to-audio-from-john-hope-bryant-on-the-steve-harvey-morning-show-today.html#sthash.O8Iy5aBX.dpuf

Interview last week on CNBC -- Squawk Box

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101754420

A Trailer for the Book

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Kf_MpRScsc

About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Since its inception in 1992, HOPE, a global nonprofit focused on financial dignity, has empowered more than 2 million individuals and directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities. It has recruited a growing army of 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, and helped raise average credit scores for financial case management clients more than 120 points over an average 18-month period. It currently serves more than 300 U.S. cities, as well as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and most recently, the United Arab Emirates. Currently HOPE is focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities, as a part of its "silver rights" mission to make free enterprise work for everyone. To learn more about Operation HOPE visit www.operationhope.org, follow our Twitter: @operationhope, and like us on Facebook: Operation HOPE.

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