Parental involvement is a cornerstone of a child's educational journey. For Black families in Alabama, engaging in your child's education is not only a means to academic success but also a path toward empowerment and equity. Black Alabamians for Education is committed to supporting and promoting educational excellence within our community. In this blog post, we'll provide valuable insights and tips to help Black families in Alabama actively participate in their children's education, fostering achievement and personal growth. 1. Cultivate Strong Communication: Effective communication with teachers, administrators, and your child is crucial. Attend parent-teacher conferences and school meetings to stay informed [...]
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Introduction: The journey of education for African Americans in Alabama is a testament to resilience, determination, and the pursuit of equal opportunities. From a turbulent history marked by segregation and inequality to ongoing efforts for empowerment and advancement, the educational landscape for black individuals in Alabama has evolved significantly. In this blog, we explore the historical context, current state, and future aspirations of education for African Americans in the heart of the Deep South. A Historical Perspective: For much of its history, Alabama was a battleground in the fight for civil rights and equal education. The legacy of segregated schools, known [...]
Get To Know Our 2023 Parent Symposium Keynote Speaker Over the course of a journalistic career that has seen him interview multiple U.S. presidents to the top athletes and entertainers in Hollywood, Roland S. Martin is a journalist who has always maintained a clear sense of his calling in this world. Many have bestowed upon him the moniker, “The Voice Of Black America.” Martin is the host and managing editor of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, the first daily online show in history focused on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective. [...]
On Monday, April 17th 2023, our Founder, Neonta Williams hosted a small intimate Chat & Chew with parents, retired educator and current educators to discuss the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of BA4E. The attendees were quite interactive and shared personal experiences of why education is important them. Additionally, attendees shared how connected they felt to the core values of this organization. "Thank you for coming! I will connect and keep up with the organization and further share the knowledge that I gain from you"
In Alabama, like in many states across the United States, there is a significant achievement gap in education. This gap is particularly pronounced when it comes to race, with Black and Hispanic students lagging behind their white peers in academic performance and graduation rates. One of the main factors driving this achievement gap is the unequal distribution of resources between schools in different neighborhoods. Schools in low-income neighborhoods often have less funding, fewer experienced teachers, and fewer resources to support student learning. This makes it more difficult for students in these schools to succeed academically. Another factor is the history of [...]
Christa Andrews with Black Alabamians for Education held a Clergy luncheon in Fairfield, AL discussing a potential charter school in the area. Christa gave the pastors information about the Charter School Law in Alabama. The pastors were in agreement that many children need something different to get them off the current trajectory of crime and that parents need more information to help advocate for their children. The pastors were able to ask her questions and get direct answers. The pastors overwhelmingly felt that the session was informative and that their knowledge of charter schools was increased.
Favorite Quote: Fear is the mind killer. Let it pass through you. Lakeshia Wheeler is a freelance graphic design and owner of Keekee360 Design a graphic design firm located in Huntsville, Al that serves clients all over the world. Lakeshia helps entrepreneurs bring their dreams to reality. Lakeshia is a fifteen year veteran of using print and web technologies to build relationships for business, organizations and individuals. She speaks, blogs, writes articles and make media of all kinds at keekee360design.com. Ms. Wheeler is creative. She is art. Lakeshia aka Keekee formally studied art in Huntsville, Alabama were she received a B.S. degree [...]
A native of Dothan, Alabama, Christa is a proud graduate of Tuskegee Institute. Upon graduating from Tuskegee Institute, Christa spent over 15 years in corporate America. She soon recognized that giving back is rewarding and most impactful, which led her to community work within the inner city around Computer Literacy. In this work, it became apparent quickly that many children were in need of computer literacy but also basic literacy including reading and writing. She immediately began seeking out organizations that she could serve with in the community to offer direct solutions to literacy as a whole. It was then in [...]
As a transformational Educational Leader, LaShundra is a highly-motivated and purposely driven Practitioner with a passionate commitment to student development and the learning experience; skilled in the design of challenging, enriching and innovative activities that address the diverse interests and needs of students; possess outstanding communication skills; presenting information in various facets, collaborating with team members and establishing productive & efficient relationships with students, parents, and all other stakeholders. LaShundra, also known as the Destiny Coach, is the proud Founder & Senior Strategist of the Destiny House, a non-profit organization that connects the school, business and community sectors to provide practical [...]
Ashlee Taylor is a licensed attorney and entrepreneur who holds a Bachelor's in Business Management and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as a Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. Ashlee Taylor is a fervent advocate for high quality education options, and the economic advancement of the Black Community. Known amongst her colleagues as a visionary, she takes great pride in doing meaningful work to make an impact for the betterment of our youth and the community as a whole.