Davis to take over as chairman of Black Parents Workshop

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Effective Nov. 14, Walter Fields will be stepping down as chairman of the Black Parents Workshop, turning the helm over to James Davis.

Davis, a regulatory attorney, is a parent of children in the South Orange-Maplewood School District and a former candidate for the Board of Education.

“I have the utmost confidence and trust in James’ leadership and capabilities,” Fields said in a press release. “The Black Parents Workshop Inc. will continue to be a strong advocate for our children in this and other communities that call upon the organization for assistance.”

Fields will continue to serve on the BPW board of trustees and as chairman of its Litigation and Policy Committee, directing its work until the group’s current lawsuit against the SOMSD is resolved. According to Field’s, upon the litigation’s resolution, he will resign from his board seat. Fields plans to move to Maryland by the end of the year; in Maryland he will lead the newly created research center at Morgan State University in Baltimore that is looking at education equity and black family engagement in education nationwide.