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Our Parent Symposium promises to yield personal experiences for our attendees that will not only transform their lives but our hope is that it will impact generations to come! Please, mark your calendars invite others to join you in Gadsden, Alabama on Saturday, August 10th, 2024 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm!


Join us for our Parent Symposium 2024, where we are #PRESSING forward in education and empowerment! Building on the success of last year’s event, this year’s symposium promises to be even more enlightening and engaging.

Date: August 10, 2024
Time: 9:00 AM – 3PM
The Venue at Coosa Landing
201 George Wallace Drive, Gadsden, AL 35903

This year’s theme reflects our commitment to advancing education and advocacy for our children. We will explore pressing issues in education and empower parents to be effective advocates for their children’s education.

What to Expect:

Inspiring Keynote Speakers: Hear from renowned education experts and advocates who will share insights and strategies to navigate the education landscape.

Informative Sessions: Participate in interactive sessions covering topics such as Mental Health & Wellness, School Leaders, and Workforce Development.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with other parents, elected officials, educators, business owners and community leaders who share your commitment to educational excellence.

Resource Fair: Explore a variety of resources and services available to support your child’s education journey.

Mark your calendar to join us for this FREE, informational and impactful event that illuminates the mission of Black Alabamians for Education to equip, inform and empower you!

Keynote Speaker – Joseph Walker, III, D. MIN

Bishop Joseph Warren Walker, III, is the senior leader of the historic Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, Tennessee where he celebrates his 30th year as pastor this calendar year. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana to Deacon Joseph and the late
Mrs. Rosa Walker.
Bishop Walker received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge Louisiana; a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He holds three honorary Doctorates from Meharry Medical College, Southern University, Kentucky State University, respectively.
Dr. Walker currently serves on the Board of Directors for Citizens Savings Bank & Trust and the Greater Nashville Chapter of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). In 2020, Dr. Walker was appointed by Dr. Michael Lomax to serve as a member of the UNCF President’s National Faith and Education Initiative Advisory Council.
In October 2016, he was appointed by former TN Governor Bill Haslam to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Tennessee State University, where he was unanimously re-elected in 2019. He is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity.
Bishop Walker currently serves as the International Presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. In July 2013, he was chosen to succeed the founding International Presiding Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. In 1992, at the age of 24, Bishop Walker began his pastorate at Mt. Zion with 175
members. Presently, the ministry has grown to over 30,000 and continues to grow at a phenomenal rate of over 1,000 souls per year. Under his leadership, Mt. Zion has expanded beyond its original location on historic Jefferson Street to multiple weekly services in three physical locations, as well as Mt. Zion’s virtual church location – Mt. Zion Anywhere – in addition to a weekly television broadcast on that reaches 15 million viewers worldwide.
A prolific writer, Dr. Walker is a best-selling author of thirteen books. His latest book, Leadership and Loneliness outlines ways to understand, manage and find opportunities in the moments of loneliness associated with leadership. He and his wife, Dr. Stephaine, co-authored a book together entitled, Becoming a Couple of Destiny.His inspirational messages make him a sought-after university commencement speaker and orator in diverse spaces. Bishop Walker is a regular guest on the Rickey Smiley Radio Show as well as a host of other nationally syndicated radio shows that reach millions across the United States. He also has been a guest on CNN, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton on MSNBC, The CBS Morning News, CBN, the 700 Club, Sister Circle, The Roland Martin Show and authors a quarterly Op-Ed in the Tennessee Tribune, entitled, Reset.
He is married to the former Dr. Stephaine M. Hale, a health & beauty entrepreneur who recently retired as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology at Vanderbilt University. Both agree that their most joyous accomplishment to date has been the birth of their daughter, Jovanni Willow, and their son, Joseph Warren Walker, IV.

Event Location

201 George Wallace Dr
Gadsden, AL 35903

The Parent Symposium will be held at The Venue at Coosa Landing in Gadsden, Alabama.

Become a sponsor

With a range of sponsorship packages available, Parent Symposium 2024 is the perfect place for our partners to:

Connect with a highly motivated audience

Drive increased visibility and brand recognition

Unlock exclusive networking opportunities

To learn more about becoming a sponsor, email We’re excited to discuss how you can be an integral partner to this exclusive event!

Level 1 – $500

–          Name/Logo listed on website

–          Digital Full-Page Event Slide (tv screens)

Level 2 – $1000

–          Name/Logo on branding (social media, website, flyers, event programs)

–          Verbal Recognition at the event

–          Digital Full-Page Event Slide (tv screens)

Level 3 – $2500

–          Name/Logo on all event advertising (social media, website, flyers, event programs)

–          Verbal Recognition on social media and at the event

–          Digital Full-Page Event Slide (tv screens)

–          Preferred/Assigned seating at the event

–          Vendor space

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