The Marcus Foster Education Fund, which for 40 years has helped support academic achievement in Oakland public schools and other local education initiatives, will celebrate its historic anniversary milestone on Thursday, March 27 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Rotunda Building in downtown Oakland.

The theme of the event is “The Power of Education.” City Council and local education leaders are expected to attend the event, which will also feature a live band, a no-host bar, and heavy hors d’ oeuvres. Tickets to the event are available at the early bird rate of $40 until March 15. To register, click here or call D.R. Roberts Event Management at (510) 654-5335.

Alicia Dixon, Executive Director of the organization, said attendees are encouraged to have fun and celebrate the successes of our students and the accomplishments of the organization over the past four decades.

“We are proud of our legacy in helping to foster collaborations between business leaders, educators, parents and civic leaders, and the challenge of our next 40 years will be to equip our children to excel in a global economy,” Dixon said. “The immediate challenge for our students is preparing for and completing college in anticipation of entering the 21st century.”

Over its 40-year history, Dixon estimates that the Fund has provided scholarships, low-interest loans, and grants to more than 8,000 Oakland students, and has issued more than $6 million in scholarships alone. The Marcus Foster Education Fund (formerly the Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute) was founded by, and later renamed for, the late Oakland Schools’ Superintendent in 1973.

The event will launch with the reflective comments and prayer from the daughter of Marcus Foster, Marsha Foster Boyd, who holds a doctorate in religion, a performance from Prentice Powell, NAACP Image Award nominee and spoken word artist; and dancing to a live band, the Soul Mechanix. The first hour of the event will include food, musical performance by the Westlake Jazz Band, and a live photo gallery chronicling the history of education in Oakland, including photos of those involved in the Oakland education system over the past 40 years.

For more information, contact Deanna Roberts at (510) 634-5335.

Founded in 1973, the Marcus Foster Education Found is a collaborative organization seeking to help realize transformative education equity for the Oakland community. It was named in honor of Marcus Foster, Ph.D., the late superintendent of Oakland Public Schools.

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