April 28, 2014--Little Rock, AR--A new "Stand Up 4 Public Schools" ad featuring legendary basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr. has been debuted by the National School Boards Association (NSBA).Stand Up 4 Public Schools is NSBA's public advocacy campaign that celebrates the good things happening in public schools. In the ad, Johnson notes, "Who I am today began with public education," the campaign tagline. He also states, "I developed a strong work ethic at home in Lansing, MI. My father was an assembly worker and my mother was a school custodian. I developed my mind and body at public school--that's where the "Magic' began." The ad, along with several other versions featuring Johnson, is downloadable at the Stand Up 4 Public Schools website. Other celebrity spokespersons include Khan Academy founder Sal Khan and television host and actor Montel Williams. Johnson spoke about the campaign and the importance of public education earlier this month at NSBA's Annual Conference in New Orleans. You can watch a video of the presentation and a question-and-answer session with NSBA Executive Direct Thomas Gentzel on NSBA's You Tube channel.Aside from his professional basketball career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Johnson also is considered the most successful African-American businessman in our nation. Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Johnson is Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, which provides high-quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities through strategic alliances, investments, consulting and endorsements.