The City of Memphis is significant in the struggle for financial and human dignity in this country. It is in this city, at the historic Mason Temple Church of God in Christ, where Dr. King delivered his famous “Mountaintop” address and spoke against the economic injustices experienced by the Memphis sanitation workers. In that same speech he called for a strike to bring the issue to light and to push for change. The next day, in that same city, Dr. King was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

Although they killed the messenger, the message of financial equity for all lives on through Operation HOPE and its partners. HOPE’s newest initiative, 1 Million New Black Businesses and Entrepreneurs (1MBB) seeks to address some of the issues Dr. King highlighted in Memphis concerning Black Americans and access to capital and opportunity by standing up 1 million new Black-owned businesses over the next ten years.

Mayor Jim Strickland, from the City of Memphis, has been using the power of his office and with the blessing of his constituents, to help empower and enable Dr. King’s vision in the city’s neighborhoods and in the workplace through HOPE’s employee financial wellness program, HOPE Inside the Workplace. Memphis is also home to nine other HOPE Inside locations around the city. Recently, at the Virtual HOPE Global Forums 2020, Mayor Strickland announced his commitment of support for 1MBB and will do his part to help us reach our goal of creating 1 million new Black businesses and entrepreneurs.

If you are a government official, business leader, subject matter expert, or a donor who supports our cause, you can partner with us through HOPE Commitments for 1MBB as well. Click here to fill out the form and learn more and we’ll create impact together.