A Historical Summary
Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators was initially called the Black Administrators Council at its formation in 1969. Under the leadership of Thomas Cheeks, approximately thirty concerned public school administrators met to discuss problems and challenges faced within a predominantly white school district. The organization provided an environment conducive to professional networking and a setting for the free exchange of ideas.
In 1971, the organization was formalized as the Black Administrators Council. The main objectives of the group included the following: a) to provide educational leadership, b) to exchange ideas, procedures, and policies; and c) to organize educational institutions in the Milwaukee area. The organization was expanded in 1972 to include program and curriculum supervisors; subsequently, the name was changed to the Black Administrators and Supervisors Council in order to reflect the broader membership base.
Nationally, African American educators were also organizing to improve the educational opportunities of Black children. Dr. Charles D. Moody, Sr., Mrs. Dixie Moon, Dr. Kenneth Clark, and others convened a meeting of Black School Superintendents in Chicago, Illinois, in November of 1970.
Through their efforts, the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) was formally launched on November 23, 1973, in Detroit, Michigan. Sharing many of the same goals, the Black Administrators and Supervisors Council affiliated with NABSE in 1983 and became known as the Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators (MMABSE). MMABSE has the distinction of being one of the oldest organizations among the affiliate chapters of NABSE.
MMABSE’s Membership now includes educators, parents, and community representatives interested in the education of African American children. Representation in MMABSE has broadened to include educators from independent, private, parochial, and suburban school districts. Also included are local colleges and universities.
We have prepared our students for the Twenty-first century, built upon our outstanding legacy of dedicated educators. MMABSE will continue its resolve to create educational excellence and equity for African American Children.