Oakland City Mayor Dellums, Oakland Unified
School District Deputy Superintendent Santosand
Operation HOPE Founder Bryant Lead Global
Dignity Day Events at Edna Brewer Middle School
The Third Annual Global Dignity Day inspires youth in more than 40 countries around the world to live a
dignified life and encourages them to make a difference.
October 21, 2010 01:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time
OAKLAND, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, Oakland Mayor Ronald
V. Dellums, Oakland Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Santos and Operation HOPE Founder and
Global Dignity Co-Founder John Hope Bryant participated in Global Dignity Day celebrations at Edna Brewer
Middle School in Oakland, CA. The international event brings together thousands of youth every year to celebrate
their universal right to give and receive respect and fair treatment.
“Teaching students that we all deserve to be respected is an important lesson,” said Mayor Dellums. “Human dignity
is necessary to achieve peace in the community. Everybody needs financial security. Nobody should be
discriminated against or shut out of the economic and political process.”
Oakland Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Santos added, “Recognizing that we are all part of the
human family helps us to realize that despite our differences, we all deserve the right to lead a dignified life.”
Founded by H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE John
Hope Bryant and Philosopher and Professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity Day was established to create a new
understanding, where regardless of financial status, religion and nationality, people can assemble to celebrate our
“oneness” in being human.
Business bestselling author John Hope Bryant, who was just appointed to serve the Obama Administration on the
President’s Council on Financial Capability, continued, “Honoring and respecting those you encounter has powerful
consequences. Giving dignity will never cost you anything but it can give you so much in return.”
Taking place every October 20 since 2008, in association with the Forum of YGLs, an auxiliary of the World
Economic Forum, Global Dignity Day 2010 sessions brings together thousands of youth in more than 40 countries,
instilling in them the belief that all of us have the universal right to lead a dignified life though an understanding of the
Five Dignity Principles:
1. Every human being has a right to lead a dignified life.
2. A dignified life means an opportunity to fulfill one’s potential, which is based on having a human level of health
care, education, income and security.
3. Dignity means having the freedom to make decisions on one’s life and to be met with respect for this right.
4. Dignity should be the basic guiding principle for all actions.
5. Ultimately, our own dignity is interdependent with the dignity of others.
Led by Principal Sam Pasarow, Edna Brewer Middle School represents the wonderfully diverse population of the
City of Oakland. The school works diligently towards creating and maintaining an engaging, safe, and meaningful
place that prepares every student for academic success.
Global Dignity Day is an expansion of Global Dignity – a program started with the co-founders asking Young Global
Leaders from the World Economic Forum to commit to teaching courses in dignity to their local classrooms, houses
of faith and non-governmental organizations as a part of its mission to improve the state of the world.
Donate Your Stories of Dignity, sign the dignity principles or learn more by visiting www.globaldignity.org.
About Global Dignity (GD)
Co-Founded by Young Global Leaders, HRH Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway, Philosopher and
Professor Pekka Himanen, and Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant, the mission of
Global Dignity is to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life worldwide. It is an
autonomous, nonprofit and non-partisan project linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum’s, Forum
of Young Global Leaders, where young global leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society have
joined together to work for the improvement of the state of the world and people based on five principles of dignity.
For more information, visit www.globaldignity.org.
About World Economic Forum (WEF)
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of
the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a
foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no
political, partisan or national interests. The World Economic Forum is under the supervision of the Swiss Federal
Government. For more information, visit www.weforum.org.
About HOPE Global Initiatives (HGI)
HOPE Global Initiatives is the international arm of Operation HOPE. The role of HGI is to promote and advocate
the benefits of education, financial literacy, self-reliance, economic empowerment and dignity as tools for vastly
improving the quality of life in developing countries, with a particular focus on developing countries on the African
continent. The role has expanded to serve underserved communities throughout the world, including South Africa
and Haiti. For more about Operation HOPE and its programs, please visit www.operationhope.org.
About the Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGLs)
Established in 2004 by Professor Klaus Schwab, The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multi-
stakeholder community of the world’s most extraordinary young leaders who dedicate a part of their time to jointly
address global challenges and who are committed to devote part of their knowledge and energy to collectively work
towards a better future. Together, they engage in the 2030 Initiative, a comprehensive endeavor, to understand
current and future trends, risks and opportunities both at global and regional levels, formulate a positive vision for the
world in 2030 and put forward concrete strategies and work streams to translate their vision into action. Visit
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