American Federation for Children Statement on BAEO

After the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) announced they would discontinue operations, the American Federation for Children released the following joint statement from three former BAEO board members who are part of AFC’s team:

Statement from Kevin P. Chavous, Ann Duplessis, and Michael Benjamin:

“When we heard the news that the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) would discontinue operations, our collective hearts were heavy. BAEO gave voice and empowerment to thousands of low-income and working-class Black families across the country. Their work was defined by the spirit, courage, and vision of its founder, presidents, board members, senior staff members, employees, state teams, affiliates, and advocates for a better future for children in America. We are proud of their relentless work and offer special thanks to Dr. Howard Fuller, our tireless and steadfast leader, who led this exceptional group of freedom fighters for the betterment of the educational future of families and children. Though BAEO as an organization will cease to exist, their cause, their passion and their legacy will continue for generations.

“Always partners and yes, the struggle continues.”

Kevin P. Chavous – Founding AFC board member and former Board Chair of BAEO

Ann Duplessis – AFC board member and former BAEO Board Member

Michael Benjamin – AFC National Grassroots Director and former BAEO Board Member

Former BAEO Staff at AFC:

Christa Andrews – Alabama Grassroots 

Alkinee Jackson – Louisiana Grassroots 

Carra Powell – Tennessee Grassroots