Last week I had the priviledge of serving on a panel with my hero Ambassador Andrew Young, Mrs. Hope Sullivan-Masters and the Provost of Emery University Earl Lewis, along with panel moderator and new friend, T.J. Holmes now with BET, at Emery University's Goizueta Business School.
Well, the nice surprise was during the opening remarks, I was presented with something I will treasure for the rest of my life -- the Leon H. Sullivan Medal. Rev. Leon H. Sullivan was a giant in our world, not only in and to the Black community and Africa, but to and for us all. It was Rev. Sullivan who first introduced me to Africa, to Nelson Mandela, and to my origins (in Africa). I will forever be grateful.
Thank you Hope Sullivan-Masters of the Sullivan Foundation, as well as Sam Cherribi of Emory University.
Okay, let's go...
John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass) the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum.