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This Black History Month, we honor the GAME CHANGERS: Everyday heroes whose actions make life better for the people around them. SEE ALL OUR GAME CHANGERS HERE.


John Hope Bryant

Age: 46

Place of Residence: Los Angeles

Why he is a local hero: Bryant, founder, chair, and CEO of Operation HOPE, is working on bringing financial literacy and hope to young people across the country.

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Bryant, who was recently named chairman of President Barack Obama‘s Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment, is working to eliminate the shame associated with poverty and financial illiteracy.

“The biggest thing to overcome in helping to get people out of poverty and to give them some measure of financial dignity, is the shame. People feel shame in not understanding money and how it works. They feel shame in having these problems,” said Bryant on his website.

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