During the fall of 1987, a concerned group of African American administrators began to express interest in educational matters affecting African American students, parents, and educators. These administrators continued their dialogue and was joined by other African American administrators, then decided to convene with yet other individuals and groups who had similar majority interests as well as relevant organizational experiences. The product of this meeting was the formulation of the Arizona Black School Educators.
The Arizona Black School Administrators continued to meet during the calendar year of 1988. After meetings and much deliberation, the Arizona Black School Administrators decided to open its ranks to be representative of their initial concern, which was: What was happening to African Americans in the Arizona educational arena? This concern necessitated broad based participation and representation within the organization being developed to address issues and concerns affecting African Americans in Arizona's educational systems. The revisiting of our focus helped to map out our directions. The result was the introduction of the state affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators (AABSE).
AABSE was established to represent all persons in Arizona who were genuinely concerned with the growth and development of the African American Child. This meant the organization was open to parents, community members, certified and non-certified school personnel. K-12 and post secondary educators and persons from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. AABSE also understood that African American educators would have to continue to play a pivotal role in the leadership of the organization.
By the end of 1989, AABSE had set its agenda, determined its philosophy and acknowledged its purpose. AABSE was lucid and extremely candid as to its raison d'etre:
Agenda: Dedicated to an affirmation of the inherent worth, dignity, and education of persons of African descent.
Philosophy: All children Can and Will learn.
With all the above clearly articulated, AABSE decided to present its first annual conference at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, January 1990. This conference propelled AABSE's debut to the community-at-large and the State of Arizona....The Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators has been actively involved in acknowledging those committed to academic and cultural excellence by addressing educational issues, political matters, student scholarships, community forms, and AABSE award programs.
1988 - Dr. Raymond Jackson
1992 - Patricia M. Wilson, Ph.D.
1996 - Dr. Moody Jackson
1999 - Patricia M. Wilson, Ph.D.
2003 - Sonny Ashegbeyeri, Ph.D.
Dr. Earl Epps, Founder
Dr. Raymond Jackson, Founder
Morris Johnson*, Founder
Dr. Darlene White
by Earl N. Epps, PhD., 1999
Arizona Alliance ofBlack
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.