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The Death of "Why?" by Andrea Batista Schlesinger

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7: Questioning the System, or Beating It?

JOHN HOPE BRYANT FOUNDED OPERATION HOPE IN THE aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the acquittal of the police officers who beat Rodney King. Financial literacy is not Bryant’s passion. As he told me, he cares about “justice and not just us. I’m interested in history and not his story. I’m interested in empowerment and giving people a hand up and not just a handout. I think that dignity comes from knowing what you can do for yourself.” Photos on his Web site show him next to former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke, and Oprah Winfrey. His mentor is Andrew Young, Martin Luther King Jr.’s chief of staff and a former mayor, congressman, ...

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