Longtime civil rights activist Andrew Young admits that he didn't know what to make of Operation Hope founder John Bryant when he first met him. Impressed as he was with Operation Hope's focus on improving the financial lives of low-income Americans, Young initially viewed Bryant as too much of a self-promoter.

"The first few times I met him, he was so pushy, so aggressive, that he turned me off a bit," says Young, a former aide to Martin Luther King Jr., who went on to become a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Carter and a two-term Atlanta mayor.

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