In April 2017, a historical marker, also inspired by Bryant, working alongside friend and HOPE board member Bryan Jordan, CEO of First Horizon Bank in TN, to honor the final flight of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis on April 3, 1968, was installed at the Memphis International Airport 49 years to the day that Eastern Flight 381 arrived from Atlanta.
On December 9, 2015, Bryant became the only private American citizen to inspire the renaming of a building on the White House campus in the nation’s history, when the U.S. Treasury Annex Building was renamed the Freedman’s Bank Building, in honor of former slaves who put their savings into the Freedman’s Bank after the American Civil War.
April 25, 2007, John Hope Bryant joins U.S. President George W. Bush, Treasury Secretary Paulson, Education Secretary Spellings, HUD Secretary Jackson, U.S. Treasurer Cabral and six financial literacy experts in the Roosevelt Room of the White House for a first-ever Presidential meeting on financial literacy in America. The President called the meeting in response to a leadership request around financial literacy from Bryant and Operation HOPE
On June 13, 2004, John Hope Bryant became a Presidential appointee when U.S. President George W. Bush appointed him to a 4-year term on the non-partisan U.S. Community Development Advisory Board for the CDFI Fund at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
In May 1998, John Hope Bryant was appointed the first-ever United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Goodwill Ambassador for Partners for Development to the United States of America.
On May 4, 1998, John Hope Bryant became the first African-American in history to be knighted by German nobility and the royal House of Lippe.
In April 1996, John Hope Bryant founded Banking on Our Future, today the leading urban delivery system for financial literacy education across America.
In August, 1995, John Hope Bryant co-founded and subsequently served as the first president of The New Leaders organization, a group comprised principally of African-American professionals in Los Angeles, inspired by the life and legacy of former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley to “do something” for their community.
In 1994, John Hope Bryant founded the first in a national network of inner-city banking centers, called HOPE Centers, serving low-wealth communities.
On May 4, 1992, immediately following the worst urban riot and civil unrest in U.S. history, the Rodney King Riots of April 29, 1992, and inspired by his pastor and spiritual father the Reverend Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray, John Hope Bryant founded Operation HOPE as America’s first non-profit social investment banking organization.