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Black history is made every day. For Pastor Marvin Sapp, it’s not just his Michigan-based church, Lighthouse, and his powerful gospel music testimony anchored by his classic hit “Never Would Have Made It,” it’s also a new endeavor that most of his fans don’t even know about. Last year, Sapp realized the dream of his late wife Dr. MaLinda Sapp by opening a charter school. The Grand Rapids Ellington School of Arts and Technology, is the only Pre-12 performing arts and technology school in Western Michigan. “It was the brainchild of my lovely wife,” Sapp told the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

“It was something that we worked on for the last eight years. She didn’t get a chance to see her vision come to pass but I made the decision that I wasn’t going to allow her dream to die and go to the grave with her. So I picked up that mantle and got it open the last year with about 140 students and we expanded and have about 140 students and we’re excited about it.”

As part of his commitment to education, Sapp is doing an 11-city School Choice tour by which he hopes to spread awareness of the options that parents have in where they choose to educate their children. While charter schools remain controversial as they are part of the debate about privatization of schools overall, Sapp says it’s important to give parents more options.

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