20 Feb 2014
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Memphis is a tour stop on a rolling community dialogue on education opportunities for African-American families.
The 2014 School of Choice tour pairs The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) with Grand Rapids, Mich. pastor and Grammy-nominated, Dove, Stellar and BET award-winning gospel artist Dr. Marvin L. Sapp.
Sapp will be in Memphis for the free event on Thursday (Feb. 20th) at 7 p.m. at Greater Community Temple Church of God in Christ at 5151 Winchester Rd. On tap is a discussion about the status of education for African-American students and the options that are available for parents seeking better educational opportunities for their children.
Oh yes, there will be a special concert by Sapp.
BAEO and Dr. Sapp toured last year for the first time together in front of more than 12,000 attendees in six states. This year the tour has expanded to 11 states.
"We increased the number of cities for the tour because ultimately we want to reach more people with our message to inform, inspire and empower parents to mobilize and learn about the value of parental choice in helping to increase achievement for Black students," said Kenneth L. Campbell, BAEO's president and a founding board member.
Information about educational options available in the local areas as well as how community members can play a more active role in supporting parental choice and educational options will be available at each tour location, including here in Memphis.
BAEO is an advocacy organization whose self-described mission is to "increase access to high-quality educational options for black children by actively supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parental choice policies that empower low-income and working-class black families."
Founded in 2000, BAEO is equally focused on promoting quality to ensure that black students have access to high-performing schools.
According to BAEO's media advisory for the 2014 School of Choice tour stop in Memphis, the group "envisions a future where low-income and working-class black families are empowered to choose a high-quality primary and secondary education for their children that enable them to pursue the college or career path of their choice, become economically independent adults, and engage in the practice of freedom."