Black Alliance for Educational Options Teams Up With Award Winning Gospel Artist Dr. Marvin L. Sapp to Promote Parent Choice for Black Families

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) is excited to partner with Grand Rapids, Michigan pastor and Grammy nominated, Dove, Stellar and BET award winning gospel artist Dr. Marvin L. Sapp for a multi-city tour to promote educational opportunities for Black families. Visiting six cities, the tour will launch on January 30 in Louisville, KY and culminate in the historic Birmingham Alabama on February 6. Each FREE event, entitled An Evening with Marvin Sapp, will include a community discussion about the status of education for Black students and the options that are available for parents seeking educational opportunities for their children, as well as a special concert by Dr. Sapp.

"As a strong supporter of parental choice I am delighted to join BAEO for a spiritually filled event to benefit the lives of our young people," said Dr. Sapp. "I hope that every person in the room is inspired to advocate for educational change, so ultimately, our children can reach their fullest potential."

Dr. Sapp opened Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology (GREAAT) Charter School this fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. GREAAT serves at the first public arts-integrated middle/high school performing arts academy in the West Michigan Area offering courses in instrumental music, vocal music, dance, graphic arts and theatre arts.

"BAEO is thrilled to share the stage with Dr. Marvin Sapp as we join together to educate about the importance of parental choice and how every member of the community can be part of the movement to improve educational outcomes for Black students" said Kenneth Campbell, BAEO President. "We hope to leverage this opportunity to not only inform and entertain, but to reach more parents and community leaders with a message of hope, educational achievement and future success for our most precious gifts, our children."

The tour is part of BAEO's "Give Parents a Choice, Give Children a Chance" campaign, which is aimed at mobilizing and educating members of the community about the value of parental choice in helping to increase achievement for Black students. All of the events will be free and open to the public. Information about educational options available in the local area as well as how community members can play a more active role in supporting parental choice and educational options will be available at each location.

Advance interview opportunities will also be available for BAEO representatives. For more information, members of the media should contact, Tanzi West Barbour, National Director of Communications at 202-253-6233 or

Tour Schedule

January 30 - Louisville, KY
Christ Temple Christian Life Center

723 South 45th Street, Louisville, KY 40211 

January 31 - Jackson, MS
Greater Bethlehem Temple
1505 Robinson Street, Jackson, MS 39203

February 1 - Memphis, TN
Greater Community Temple
5151 Winchester Rd, Memphis, TN 38118

February 4 - Baton Rouge, LA
Saintsville Church of God In Christ
8930 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70811

February 5 - Mobile, AL
Apostolic Bethlehem Ministries
4050 Cottage Hill Road 
Mobile, Alabama 36609

February 6 - Birmingham, AL
Worship Center Christian Church
7555 Dickey Springs Rd, Bessemer, AL 35022

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Source:Black Alliance for Educational Options