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The Memo by John Hope Bryant

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PREFACE

History has shown that when societies fall apart, they fray first from the bottom, and then the top falls inward. So it is an article of common sense to me that we all need to work hard to strengthen the so-called bottom of our society. Particularly because this is the group that has always made up the true strivers of society.

The bottom is where society’s builders come from every hundred years or so. We must once again become a Nation of Builders.

We must continue to work to revitalize hope and a sense of opportunity for the people at the bottom—the people for whom the system is not currently working—to create a pathway forward. Expanding opportunity, providing a level playing field where the rules are published and there exists fair ...

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