The NCEBC was founded by the late Congressman, The Honorable Augustus F. Hawkins; whose founding expression was that “black children are the proxy for what ails American education in general.” In 1986, Congressman Hawkins convened more than 40 organizations and individuals to meet and prepare a blueprint for action that integrated a stakeholder/village solution model.
Civil-rights organizations, the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), University Activists, Strategists, Parents, Superintendents, Researchers, Ministers, and business organizations came to mobilize a “solution” blueprint. The founding educational premises were anchored in the ideas and work of the late Dr. Ronald Edmonds, research founder of the effective school principle: “We can, whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us…”Our action principles, as offered by Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, in the quest to be successful in the education of our children represent acute problems. “How do we gain sufficient influence and leverage to change the course for our children?” “How can research and evaluation be used to change our trajectory, re-frame the problem and guide us to valid solutions?”
I have posed these expressive principles to clarify the interest, focus and actions defined by our Founder, expressed by our organization’s architects, confirmed by our Board of Directors and embedded in the work of our national training conferences and our mentoring units. We are educationally defined and community activated in our conduct. We look inform those who have the task of moving education practice ahead in the spirit and intent of our original legislation (ESEA 89-10).
Collaboration is our effort — be it with Federal, State, or local policy designers — to find the way to respect and reveal the potential in our children.