Operation HOPE President, Founder and CEO John Hope Bryant to join various community leaders for a bus tour on April 29 from 9am-12pm. Event to commemorate 30 years of hope, healing and revitalization in Los Angeles.
ATLANTE, April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — About April 29andOperation HOPE, the nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to financial empowerment, will host a community bus tour and press conference to commemorate the 30and anniversary of the reconciliation and revitalization of Los Angeles.
Operation HOPE Hosts Bus Tour Commemorating 30th Anniversary of Los Angeles Uprising; Mayor and Rodney King family to attend
On April 29, 1992, in response to the acquittal of four white LAPD officers on trial for the brutal beating of African-American motorist Rodney King, Los Angeles saw four days of rioting and civil unrest. Thousands of fires raged for five days in a period of what would later be called the Los Angeles Riots. The day also marked the genesis of what would later become Operation HOPE, the organization that helped rebuild neighborhoods and foster economic growth.
In addition to civic and community leaders, participants include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Lora Kingdaughter of Rodney King and members of Latasha Harlins’ family. The event will be co-chaired by John Hope Bryant, President, Founder and CEO of Operation HOPE. Other partner organizations include the Los Angeles Urban League, Community Build, Inc., Vermont-Slauson Economic Development Corporation, RISE Financial Pathway, Los Angeles Black Business Association, Faith and Community Empowerment (FACE), and Pacific Coast Regional Corp.
“Thirty years ago the world changed, and so did I. The Los Angeles Uprising crystallized my vision for what would later become Operation HOPE – a ship dedicated to the economic empowerment of all, especially those affected by the destruction of that day,” Bryant said. . “During this bus tour, we will join hands in recognizing its lasting impact and continue to chart a course to ensure we never repeat this ugly page in America’s history.”
The bus tour will depart from the Renaissance Center at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME), 1968 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018 at 9:00 a.m. PST. Location stops include Normandy and Florence and Central Avenue, among others.
“My late father, Rodney King, has become synonymous with police brutality for some people. But our family remembers him as a human being, not a symbol,” said Lora King, CEO of the Rodney King Foundation. “He never pleaded for hate or violence and pleaded for peace as the city burned asking ‘Can we all get along? This is my father’s legacy and this community tour is a reminder that healing and unity are possible.”
Award-winning journalist Roland Martin will provide a live streaming experience through multiple platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. For more information, including a list of special guests, community partners and press conference speakers, please visit: OperationHope.org/LA92.
About Operation HOPE, Inc.
Since 1992, Operation HOPE has moved America from civil rights to ‘silver rights’ with a mission to make free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved, disrupting poverty for millions of young and old. low- and middle-income adults across the country. Through its community improvement model, HOPE Inside, which received American Banker magazine’s 2016 Innovator of the Year recognition, Operation HOPE has served more than 4 million people and led more than $3.2 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities – turning check-cashing customers into bank customers, renters into landlords, small-business dreamers into small-business owners, minimum-wage workers into living-wage consumers, and victims of uncertain disasters into financially self-sufficient survivors. For more information: OperationHOPE.org. Follow the HOPE conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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