Marvin Thompson '92
OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s cable network, has announced a February 16, 2013 premiere for
“Blackboard Wars,” a documentary series with EmpowerED’s President and Founder,
Randolph-Macon College alumnus Marvin Thompson ’92, at the helm.
The premiere will be shown at 9:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. Central Time).
“Blackboard Wars” centers on the dramatic transformation of New Orleans’ John McDonogh
High School. With metal detectors at the door, brutal fights in the hallways and
teachers getting pushed around by students, it is one of the most dangerous and
under-performing high schools in the country. More than half of its students fail
to graduate. In “Blackboard Wars,” cameras go inside the school and follow education
maverick Steve Barr and Principal Marvin Thompson as they embark together on an
unpredictable mission to reinvent and revive the struggling school.
EmpowerED is an international education consulting firm that provides educational
training and leadership support to international, public and charter schools, private
schools and education organizations. The ultimate goal is to assist schools and
organizations in the acquisition of “capacity building” skills to develop sustained
and long term improvement.