Many people in the highest levels of government think that 1.5 billion Muslims are uncomfortable with the West because they "hate us for our freedom" and that "religion divides us." So, leaders build policy -- war, economic sanctions, and anti-terror campaigns -- around these assumptions. ButGallup World Polldata tell another story entirely.
The world's Muslims don't hate us because of our freedom or our way of life or because they're religious fanatics. Gallup finds that their discomfort comes predominantly from a hopelessness rooted in economic despair and joblessness. This is an economic problem, not a religious one. Yet too often, policies are created around these wrong assumptions.
When Tunisian food vendor Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire, thus igniting the Arab Spring, he didn't yell, "Death to America" or "Allahu akbar." He cried out, "I just want to work!"
Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup
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Yesterday in Montgomery, Alabama, in my capacity as the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the Operation HOPE, I was honored to receive the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Leadership Award from the Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute during the observation of the 58th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
The Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute operates in the original headquarters for the Montgomery Improvement Association, which was led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was the organizational base camp for the Montgomery Bus Boycott which followed the arrest of Ms. Rosa Parks. This series of events, sparked the most critical civil rights movement in American history.
The event, focused on women's empowerment, was held at Alabama State University and the award was presented to me by civil rights leader, and SYLDI director Doris Crenshaw, along with King Center CEO, Reverend Dr. Bernice A. King. The award underscored Operation HOPE's 20 plus year commitment to financial literacy empowerment as a bridge from civil rights to silver rights for all.
During the event, Project 5117, which is now co-chaired by Ambassador Andrew Young, Reverend Dr. Bernice A. King and myself, was featured as a continuation of the poverty eradication work of Dr. King, for this generation. During the event, my office reported receiving 15 new CGI Commitments to Project 5117 within 10 minutes of my acceptance remarks.
Bernice King speaks at ASU on Friday during celebr...: The brown bag roundtable dicussion focused on Civil Rights in the 21st Century: A Vision of Empowerment for Women.
What gave people the spark, the inspiration and a hope for change was Montgomery, said Bernice King, the youngest child of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
King told a crowd Friday at Alabama State University’s National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture that “we know the efforts that were already taking place even before Rosa Parks sat down on the bus and was arrested.
“I want to thank God for ensuring ... that we never forget Montgomery,” she said. “So those that you hear today, that are under the age of 40 ... it is incumbent upon you to make sure that you grab hold of this and continue to keep it alive, and that no one wipes out the critical importance of Montgomery.
“And that this is where it all began. This is the real cradle of where this movement began.”
King spoke at a brown bag roundtable celebrating the 58th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The theme was “Civil Rights in the 21st Century: A Vision of Empowerment for Women.” Panelists scheduled to speak included Shivani Soni, assistant professor of biological sciences at ASU; the Rev. Kathy McFadden, pastor of Old Ship African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; and Valda Montgomery, retired associate professor in the clinical doctorate of physical therapy program at ASU.
Another speaker was Margaret Dureke, founder and president of Women Empowered to Achieve the Impossible (WETATI), a global business network for women of all generations. And despite her degrees from American University and Howard University, she said it took her 22 years after graduating to “find myself.” She said she had the book knowledge, but nothing from the “school of life.”
Read the complete article in the Montgomery Examiner, and their focus on Project 5117here.
Leaders in the Denver business and civil community and supporter of Operation HOPE are invited to join HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant, who will be speaking to students at George Washington High School. Learn more about HOPE Business In A Box Academies, Denver 2020, and the opportunity that students have to change their lives and their communities through financial empowerment, entrepreneurial aspiration, and school engagement.
The event is part of a weeklong celebration of the 58th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The forum will be held Friday morning from 9:30-11 a.m. at the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture on Carter Hill Road. The discussion is free and open to the public.
The Operation HOPE family joins the world in mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela today. Madiba, as he was known to his friends and loved ones, lived a full and incredible life. Even transformational, for Africa and our world. But when the time comes, times like this are still difffficult to digest, and to accept. We naturally want to hold on to our heroes and our sheroes. Those we admire and love, are inspirations to us.
Organizationally, Operation HOPE is honored to be a partner with the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund throughout South Africa. I was honored to join Mary Ehrsam, president of our HOPE Global Youth Empowerment Group, who organized my last trip, along with Sean Cleary, chairman of our HOPE Global Board of Advisors, and our HOPE South Africa team, earlier this year in South Africa It was there that we signed yet another partnership agreement for change with the Mandela organization. We are also honored to maintain a strong and meaningful relationship with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Personally, I was honored to meet President Mandela during his term in office, as President of South Africa, through the late Rev. Leon H, Sullivan and during one of Sulllivan's historic African-African American Summit meetings, in South Africa. It was my first time experiencing the African continent, and it changed me. I met President Mandela in a touching moment, along with another dear friend, the late Secretary Jack Kemp.
Operation HOPE celebrates the legacy of love, education, and human rights justice extended to the global community through his work in his beloved South Africa mainly, and throughout the world.I, along with my wife Natasha, our Global Spokesperson Ambassador Young, our Global Advisory Board Chair Sean Clary,our HOPE South Africa Chair Cas Coovadia, and our entire South Africa and Global Operation HOPE Family, wish sincere respect and love to the Honorable Nelson Mandela Family, and our South Africa HOPE Partners with the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.
We send our love and sincere condolences to the extended Mandela family, many of whom we call friends.
"This semester a number of students from three different Career and Technology programs at The CEC Middle College found out first hand what it is like to “pitch” a business idea to a panel of investors. It has been a great opportunity for me personally to have some deep and insightful conversations with a number of students about their entrepreneurial ideas. I have seen a broad range of start up thinking. A few of the ideas were predictable but by far most of the ideas were new, creative and tied to the student’s daily world. Best of all, the word is spreading, other students are asking their teachers “ why don’t we do this as a class”. Thanks for giving our students this opportunity."
Underemployment in Europe's crisis-stricken south has climbed since 2009, affecting nearly 50% of young residents in 2013. These young people are also increasingly likely to say their standard of living is getting worse.