One of Black Alabamians for Education fundamental core values is that we are UNAPOLOGETIC. We are unapologetic in our belief that the changes we seek require engagement and/or leadership by the Black community on behalf of the Black community. We believe that there is no greater group of folks that should lead this charge than the people that represent the community in which we seek to change. After nearly three years of not having grassroots advocacy efforts in the state, and particularly a Black-led organization, former Black Alliance for Educational Options staff members and parents have opted to form Black Alabamians for Education with the intent to continue to fully advocate on behalf of Black communities. While our engagement is intentional with Black families, we are inclusive of all families. We will ensure that Black families are informed about laws, policies and options available in Alabama that can and will assist in closing the achievement gap. If not Black Alabamians for Education, then who? We believe that parental engagement is at the heart of effective education. We want to connect the community and school and build a lasting foundation of involvement between parents and our educational institutions.