Black Alliance for Educational Options

Kenneth Campbell

OrganizationBlack Alliance for Educational Options

On March 4-6, 1999, the Institute for the Transformation of Learning (ITL) at Marquette University convened a meeting of 150 Black people in Milwaukee, Wisc., to learn more about the benefits of educational options for Black families. During the meeting it became obvious that in order to take full advantage of the various options that existed at the time or new ones that were being proposed in various states, a national organization of African Americans was needed. This belief led to the gathering of 50 dedicated and committed Black people at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, on December 3–5, 1999, for the first organizing meeting of BAEO. The founders adopted the name of the organization, the mission statement and the general principles of the organization. At a meeting immediately following the Second Annual Symposium, which was again hosted by ITL, about 90 of the 350 people who attended the Symposium attended a post-symposium session to continue organizing BAEO.  Read more

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