OABSE - Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators
History of Oregon Alliance of Black Educators
  • In 1973, Dr. Ernest Hartzog, an Assistant Superintendent in Portland Public Schools was contacted along with 11 Superintendents from across the United States to discuss the possibility of forming a national organization of African American administrators in Detroit, Michigan
  • Further conversations resulted in expanding the membership to include African American administrators and other educational personnel
  • In November 1973, National Alliance of Black School Educators was launched with 284 charter members
  • Dr. Hartzog understood the need to establish a local affiliate of NABSE in Oregon and pulled together a group of educators to meet
  • In 1975, Oregon affiliate of NABSE was launched
The Purpose of OABSE
  • Promote and facilitate the education of all students, with a particular focus on African American students;
  • Establish a coalition of African American educators, administrators and other professionals directly and indirectly involved in the educational process;
  • Create a forum for the exchange of ideas and strategies to improve opportunities for African American educators and students;
  • Identify and develop African American professionals who will assume leadership positions in education and influence public policy concerning the education of African Americans.
Functions of OABSE
  • Significantly raise the academic achievement level of African American students and to place particular emphasis on that type of learning which builds a positive and realistic self.
  • Develop positions on key educational issues which affect the education of African American students.
  • Provide an avenue for supporting African American educators and staff engaged in working in the community and schools.
  • Collaborate to encourage African American youth to realize their ability to succeed academically.
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