Jalen Rose to be Honored at Second Annual Congressional Black Caucus Charter School Leadership Awards and Reception

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Washington, D.C.- Join the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools for a reception honoring Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members, and African American charter school leaders and advocates for their outstanding accomplishments spearheading the movement to provide students and families with high-quality public-school opportunities.

Jalen Rose, most famous for his career as a NCAA and NBA basketball star, will be honored with our inaugural “Trailblazer award” for his work closing the education achievement gap through co-founding the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy charter school in Detroit, Michigan. Jalen was selected for the Trailblazer award because he leverages his unique platform as a celebrity and athlete to give all students the opportunity to access an excellent education, regardless of their zip code. Jalen currently serves as a co-host of Get Up!, an American sports talk morning television program on ESPN.

This reception will be co-hosted by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Diverse Charter Schools Coalition, Education Reform Now, KIPP Foundation, National Charter Collaborative, The 74, NAACP-DC chapter, United Negro College Fund and Walton Family Foundation. Please join us to recognize and celebrate African American leaders in public education from across the country!




  • Jalen Rose, Trailblazer award recipient
  • Charter School Leadership awardees – CBC members and charter school leaders (awardee names to be announced soon!)
  • Charter school leaders, education advocates, elected officials and their staffs, and possible special celebrity guests
  • The master of ceremonies for the event will be Joe Gorham of 96.3 WHUR FM radio with music provided by DJ Flava of 93.9 WKYS FM radio. “8 Black Hands” will record a live podcast with awardees and special guests.


Reception honoring Jalen Rose, select CBC members and African American charter school leaders for their commitment to ensuring every child has access to a quality education.


Wednesday, September 11 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Cuba Libre | 801 9th St NW suite a, Washington, DC 20001


Media covering the event must RSVP to Shaelyn Macedonio at shaelyn@publiccharters.org