Operation HOPE this week marked the 20th anniversary of the Rodney King Riots by leading a convoy of investors, community leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials on a bus tour through South Los Angeles.
The HOPE Opportunity Bus Tour traveled through the neighborhoods that were ravaged during the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, highlighting the transformations and successes that Operation HOPE, and other community heroes and sheroes have achieved working together, over the last two decades.
The tour, which ultimately sought to tell the story of grassroots community success, also coincided with the 20th anniversary of Operation HOPE, which was founded in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict in 1992 with the goal of making financial dignity relevant to all people through a movement for “silver rights.”
Along the tour, participants stopped at Quincy Jones Elementary School where Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant joined Music Legend Quincy Jones, Actor/Singer Tyrese, LA Mayor Antonio Villeragosa, Civil Rights icon Andrew Young, and former Rebuild LA Chairman Peter Uberroth to unveil the new “Quincy Jones Celebrity Edition” of the Banking on Our Future Financial Literacy curriculum.
For the last 20 years, HOPE has been cultivating financial literacy tools to empower underserved communities, and this new edition adds the mentorship of Quincy Jones, as a foundation through which students can learn how financial issues translate to real world experiences.
Based on his personal experiences with money management, the lessons will inspire and empower students to control their own financial futures, giving them a deeper understanding of the language of money.
“The Banking on Our Future’s curriculum has educated over 600,000 people already,” said Quincy Jones, as he presented the curriculum to the first two schools to receive it–Quincy Jones Elementary and Synergy Charter Academy. ”It’s our goal that this inaugural issue will further empower youth with financial literacy; that’s our best weapon to ensure that young people in our underserved communities have their shot at the American Dream.”
Jones becomes the first celebrity in what will be a series of specialized curriculum to have his life’s story woven into HOPE financial literacy curriculum.
The Bus Tour concluded with a unique listen and action session of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Jobs & Competitiveness and its members at the Cathedral of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in South Los Angeles. Photos and videos from the council session coming soon.
The HOPE Opportunity Bus Tour was the first of several events that HOPE is facilitating this year to mark 20 years of progress and to help develop an agenda for the promising future. See media from the bus tour and learn more about future events at http://20years.operationhope.org