African American Parents' Association

Let me tell you about the African American Parents' Association: AAPA is an organization made up of parents, students and community members who have a vested interest in the Toledo Public School System. Our mission is to empower parents and their student in knowing, and exercising their rights to a free and appropriate education, which is a property right guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States. We are unashamedly for children and inform parents that they need to 1. Know the rules, 2. Know the law, 3. Know your rights, 4. Know how to advocate for your child.

We accomplish this mission by representing students and parents during disciplinary hearings, IEP meetings, court hearings, and by helping parents navigate and decode the school system's educational jargon We hold public forums, attend board meetings, meet with parents and school officials as advocates as it pertains to student achievement. We believe that an educated population is a deterrent to crime, will add economic and social vitality to Toledo for future generations. and is an asset to the community.

Because education is compulsory in the state of Ohio, it is imperative that the educational system serve all children regardless of race, color or creed and employ competent teachers using the same criteria. We have represented black children, white children, bi-racial children, asian children and Muslim children, children with middle class working parents and children of homeless parents and children of parents who are incarcerated. All parents want something better for their children. We have also represented teachers and administrators.

AAPA rose out of the Million Man March in 1995, when a million black men under the leadership of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan went to Washington, DC and came back with the charge of making changes in our communities. We take this charge seriously!

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I find, the more people publisize the intent to improve anything, forces of evil are out there to undermine a positive outcome. Some forces of evil will use the publisized information to actually create a blueprint or plan to discredit or destroy any positive intent or results. It's very simple. The forces of evil want to be lords and want the other 95% of us to supply them with wealth and glory.

Where in the constitution do you find the gauranteed "right" to a free education?

The fruits of MY labor are not a social commodity.

I find, the more people who genuinely refer to Louis Farrakhan as "honorable", the easier it is to identify them as raving lunatics.

Very true. By honoring him they support his anti-semetism.

He is anything but honorable.


I don't see much difference with Farakhan and Thomas Payne.

Funny, I never really picked up on any fervent black nationalism or rabid anti-semitism when reading Common Sense (I'm going off of the assumption you meant Thomas Paine).

Woodrow Wilson watched Birth of a Nation in the White House. Does that mean we should listen to people who are racists today?


You missed the point. Thomas Payne was a revolutionary, so is Farakhan.

Great organization. Keep up the good work.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Are only black parents allowed to join?

Good question, Bucknut.

is allowed to join. We have white members. We meet the second Tuesday of the month at the Kent Branch Library, come join us..

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