Black Home Educating Families

Embrace Your Homeschool Journey

A Black Outreach Reception & Panel

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.  

Proverbs 27:9 (NLT)

Join us on Thursday at the convention for a lively discussion on the freedoms and diversity we find in our homeschool journeys. This reception and panel will be a fantastic opportunity to build meaningful connections with other families. Through shared experiences and engaging conversations, we will explore different aspects of homeschooling.

It is our hope that you will come away inspired and confident in your homeschool decision with deeper connections and a sense of community. Embrace your journey as you work towards building a legacy of academic excellence. The HEAV black outreach team will also serve you with resources and support opportunities for your family. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Reception & Panel Registration

This reception and panel is free with your full convention registration
and is open to all registered attendees!


Signup deadline: May 17

Thursday, June 6, 2024
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Not Registered for the Convention Yet?

No problem! Just click here to register for the convention. Then, be sure to come back here to register for the reception and panel.

The reception and panel is open to all registered attendees!

Non-Homeschooling Grandparents Are Free!

If you are a grandparent who is not actively homeschooling, you can register for the ENTIRE convention free.

Here are some opportunities for the kids!

There are so many things available for your children to do on Thursday. Check out the options below.

Of course, your children are welcome to come with you to the workshop. Just add them to your registration form!

Meet the Team

Aisha Acham - Black Homeschoolers Event
Aisha Acham
Aisha Acham is a champion for classical education and the holistic development of young people. Since 2011, she has provided a healthy growth space for homeschooling families by founding and directing a local Classical Conversations Community. A UVA graduate, she serves Virginia’s homeschool community as an HEAV advisory board member. She lends her expertise as a board member of a multi-ethnic, economically diverse, Charlotte Mason-oriented private school in the City of Richmond. She is a wife to Marcus and mother of 7 homeschooled children. She’s a teacher and avid learner of all things healthy living.
Zakkiyya Chase
Zakkiyya Chase

Zakkiyya Chase is an accomplished author, military wife, and mother of a super-powered autistic son. In her book, No Dream Deferred: Why Black and Latino Families Are Choosing Homeschool, she explores the current educational climate in America and the motivations for the two most rapidly growing homeschool demographics. She believes homeschooling is a blessing that strengthens families and provides children with a world-class education that prepares them for future success, leadership, and innovation. She has a drive to better communities by fostering loving connections, creating enriching experiences, and building bridges that lead to long-lasting positive change. 

LaNissir James - Black Homeschoolers Event
LaNissir James

LaNissir James is joyful and energetic with a mission to impact people’s lives to live joyously and fearlessly as they pursue their God-sized dreams. A much sought-after speaker, she loves to inspire people by using humor and real-life experiences, providing social, spiritual, academic, and supervisory support for families. LaNissir earned her BS in journalism from the University of Maryland College Park, is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® certified, and is pursuing a master’s degree in biblical studies. As an Outreach Coordinator for HSLDA, LaNissir focuses on supporting Black homeschoolers nationwide.

Quemeka Rivera - Black Homeschoolers Event
Quemeka Rivera

Quemeka Rivera is a military veteran and now a supportive military spouse, as her husband serves in the United States Navy. In 2021, Quemeka had the honor of co-founding Kindred Homeschool Collective, the first African-American-led co-op in the Hampton Roads area. She has been homeschooling her five children for over seven years with ages ranging from five to seventeen years of age. Currently, she is also earning her B.S. in elementary education interdisciplinary studies at Liberty University and doing ministry alongside her husband as they plant Pillar Church of Norfolk in the Hampton Roads area. She currently resides in Chesapeake. Her passions are God, cooking, traveling, and all things education (especially history).

Aisha Acham
Lamanda Tooley

Lamanda Tooley, a Philadelphia native who has resided in Virginia Beach for 17 years, is a dedicated event and program organizer. She passionately advocates for equal opportunity in homeschool sports, STEM education, and is involved in co-op planting. Lamanda is also an active member and youth ministry leader at her church, where she coordinates various activities. Her greatest joys in life are rooted in her faith in Jesus, and she finds immense happiness in traveling and creating cherished memories along the way.


We get it! Life changes. We’re blessed to offer this event free to all who wish to attend. However, if you have made a reservation but cannot attend—please let us know. Call our office at 804-278-9200 so we can remove your name from our reservation list. If we do not receive your cancellation by May 17, we must ask you to pay $10 help cover the cost of the program. (If you notify us by this date, you will not be asked to pay the cost of the reception.)

Thank You to Our Black Outreach Reception Sponsor, HSLDA!

HSLDA believes every child is unique, that children should learn in ways that meet their needs, and that you want the best for your child. Homeschooling gives you the freedom to personalize their education so they can realize their potential.

HSLDA passionately advocates for the freedom to homeschool and offers support for every stage of your homeschool journey.

Convention Sponsors

Many, many thanks to our convention sponsors!

They have invested heavily in homeschool families—in YOU—to help keep our convention prices as low as possible and support homeschooling in Virginia. Please join us in thanking them for their generosity!