We are proud and pleased to announce that Mrs. Christine King-Farris, the sole surviving sister of the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has agreed to serve as an honorary co-chair of the Community and Character Forum components, occurring on November 14th, 2012, of the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit scheduled for November 14th and 15th, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Professor Christine King-Farris will also speak at the opening of the new HOPE Financial Dignity Center, Ebenezer and Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resource Complex at the King Center on November 14th, 2012.
Activities on November 14th, 2012, include the HOPE Opportunity Bus Tour through underserved Atlanta, Georgia, the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the HOPE Financial Dignity Center, Ebenezer, and in the afternoon, the Global Dignity Forum. The Global Dignity Forum includes the likes of Dr. Bernice King, CEO of the King Center, civil rights icon Ambassador Andrew Young, Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland, civil rights legend Rev. CT Vivian, and via a special live Skype interview session between moral leaders and HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway from Oslo, Norway.
Mrs. Christine King-Farris is a trustee of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the King Center, and is a professor at Spelman College. As the sole surviving sibling of Dr. King, Mrs. Christine King-Farris has personally experienced, and in most cases personally oversaw, the home-goings of her beloved brothers Dr. King and Rev. A.D. King, her mother Mrs. Alberta William King, who was tragically killed at Ebenezer Church, her dear friend Mrs. Coretta Scott King, her father Martin Luther King, Sr., lovingly known as Daddy King, and most recently her beloved niece (and my friend) Yolanda King.
For a complete background on Mrs. Christine King-Farris check here. We are honored to have her with us, as a supporter of our work to honor Daddy King, and the overall King family legacy.
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. Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation, an NYSE Euronext publicly traded company, and a division of $54 billion Ares Capital.