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April 11, 2011 
Contact: Rev. William Owens
Dr. Deborah Owens Issues Call to Action To Black Pastors
Memphis, TN -- Dr. Deborah Owens, President of Education for All, poses with Pastor and Mrs. Andrew Jackson of Faith Temple, COGIC as well as her husband, Reverend William Owens, during Sunday morning worship. Dr. Owens announced that she and her husband, Bill, will be launching a major project in Memphis and other cities across the nation. Together they will partner with pastors who agree to recruit and train education outreach advocates. They are naming this project Mission: Education. Pastors in urban centers will lead the charge and send outreach advocates two-by-two into the community to reach out to families with children.
Dr. Owens, who recently received her Doctor of Education degree from Vanderbilt University, sees a need to focus on the ecology of the child and to place an emphasis on meeting the needs of what she calls the whole child. “Teaching does not happen in isolation. We have to consider the school, home, community, and the world at large. We also need to take into account that many students come to school with unmet non-academic needs,” explains Dr. Owens.  She is asking pastors to help with meeting some of those needs where they can. She is calling on each pastor to host an Education for All chapter in their church just as Pastor Jackson id doing in Memphis.
Education for All is an outgrowth of Give Me A Chance Ministry, which was started by her husband over 20 years ago at Oral Roberts University (ORU). Rev. Owens saw a need to help black students, and he began his own program to increase black enrollment at ORU. He was able to increase minority enrollment from 5 percent to 22.5 percent in four years.  He attributes his success to the leadership of the school, his passion, and most importantly, the cooperation of pastors from around the country.
The Owens have long worked on education reform issues, especially promoting educational options for families. In the mid to late 1990s, they worked with John Walton of Walmart, former Governor Kenny Guinn of Nevada, and the late Milton Friedman.  Rev. Owens, in particular, has worked with former Superintendent, Dr. Carol Johnson. Dr. Johnson was the keynote speaker at the Excellence in Education Conference in Washington, D.C. organized and sponsored by the Owens.  He has also assisted the current Superintendent, Dr. Kriner Cash, with arranging meetings and information sessions with various local ministers.  
While Dr. Deborah Owens agrees with accountability and promotes the charter school concept, she believes there is a missing component in the national conversation on education reform. She maintains that, “schools can’t do it alone. It is going to take parents, community members and the black church especially in urban communities to help meet some of the non academic needs of the children, so that effective teaching and learning can take place.”
My first goal is to form partnerships with pastors and churches, and expand to form alliances with children services agencies, community organizations, and local education agencies to educate, empower, and support children and their families, exclaims Dr. Owens.
For more information on this topic, please send your inquiry to [email protected]. Education for All is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is not affiliated with a political party.
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April 12, 2011
Contact: Rev. William Owens
Focusing Solely on Effective Teaching Will Not Solve Education Woes
Memphis, TN: Education for All, under the leadership of Dr. Deborah Owens, and her husband Reverend William Owens, announce that they are taking a different approach in helping students, particularly in urban areas succeed in school.
While Dr. Owens agrees with accountability and promotes the charter school concept, she believes there are critical components missing in most conversations around education reform: families and communities. She maintains that, “schools can’t do it alone. It is going to take parents, community members and churches, especially in urban communities, to help meet some of the non-academic needs of the children, so that effective teaching and learning can take place in all schools across America.”
“This is why Education for All has launched a new initiative called Mission: Education. We seek to add these much-needed components to ongoing discussions around national education reform. We need to employ a comprehensive approach that addresses all aspects of a child’s education; one that involves parents, teachers, churches and other members of the community,” says Rev. Owens.
Date:                    Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Time:                    11:00 am
Location:             National Civil Rights Museum
                             450 Mulberry Street
                             Memphis, TN  38103
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October 1, 2011 
Education for All
P.O. Box 40949
Memphis, TN  38174

Contact Mrs. Monica Laszacs
901.484.6917 (cell)
Education for All President and CEO Dr. Deborah De Sousa Owens, Board of Advisors, Pastors, Educators and Community Leaders Announce Press Conference in Support of Mayor A C Wharton
Memphis, TN— Dr. Deborah De Sousa Owens, President of Education for All, in conjunction with other community leaders, is holding a news conference in support of Mayor A C Wharton. The conference will take place Monday, October 3, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at the Education for All Headquarters’ Lobby located at 1750 Madison Avenue.
Dr. Owens wants to express public support for Wharton and his stance on education. Backing support also comes from various community leaders and others. Area pastors from all denominations, educators, community and civic leaders, as well as parents will be in attendance.
Dr. De Sousa Owens and the Education for All board members will endorse Mayor Wharton’s candidacy for the mayor of Memphis; however, they will make it plain what they expect from him concerning all of the students of Memphis.  In addition, the supporters of Education for All will challenge A C Wharton to use his position as the executive leader of this city to advance positive change in all aspects of the lives of children and families.
The premise of Mission: Education, a division of Education for All, is to bring the community together in support of students and families who do not have essential resources readily available to them.  In doing this, Dr. Owens and the board of advisors for Education for All  have called on local churches, community leaders and organizations to help meet some of the unmet needs of students and families.
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Press Conference:  11:00 a.m., Mission: Education Headquarters’ Lobby
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November 7, 2011
Contact: Monica Laszacs
Education for All
P.O. Box 40949
Memphis, TN  38174
Owens Calls for Social Justice
Dr. Deborah De Sousa Owens, President of Education for All/Mission Education¸ served as a co-host for the 2011 Leadership Summit, along with her husband Rev. William Owens, and Mrs. Becky Norton Dunlop, Vice president of External Affairs at the Heritage Foundation.  The summit, which is only the beginning of a major movement, was held October 24 and 25, 2011 at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
The Owens felt an urgency to hold this leadership summit due to the various crises facing the African American community, particularly children and families. Rev. William and Deborah Owens invited select pastors and leaders from across the country to engage them in dialogue through lively presentations of facts and pertinent data as it relates to the state of the black community. The sole purpose was to bring church and community leaders together to create partnerships and to implement strategies that will bring about needed change in urban centers across the nation.
As co-founder and president of Education for All/Mission Education and an educator, De Sousa Owens took a vital interest in collaborating with other organizations for the success of children and families. Dr. Owens takes a whole child approach to education. She sees poverty related concerns as barriers to education and as a social justice issue. “We have to do as the Bible instructs. “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:7).  Owens made a heartfelt plea to the pastors. “As a church community, surely we can meet the basic needs of students, such as food, clothing, and school supplies,” she exclaimed. “These seemingly minor needs are not minor to students who do not have them. By helping students with these very basic needs, we in turn not only assist students, but their families, and in so doing we help to support teachers.”
The main goal of Education for All/Mission Education is to advocate for K-12 students, especially those living in low-income and urban areas, and to remove non-academic barriers to success by developing strategic partnerships with churches, community organization, local education agencies, and vital child welfare agencies.Through this summit, leaders were charged with the job of going back into their respective communities and churches to help find ways to increase support of children and families.
Education for All/Mission Education is gearing up for community outreach projects and leadership workshops. For more information about this organization and how to get involved, please visit
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