Black Issues Forum

A major figure in North Carolina’s Black Power and anti-poverty movements, Howard Fuller is today a strong advocate for education and parental choice. He shares stories about his journey and life lessons as recounted in his new book “No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform”

By Paul Schmitz, Huffington Post

When I speak to groups on leadership, I close by stating that every leader should be able to articulate the what, why, and how of their leadership. The “what” is their mission for the change they want to make in the world, the “why” is the life experiences and lessons that led them to that mission, and the “how” is the values they want to be held accountable for as they pursue that mission. Dr. Howard Fuller’s new memoir, No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform should be a textbook for how a leader defines and lives by the integrity of such purpose and values.

All We Ever Do is Talk

October 31, 2014

By Jabar Shumate, State Senator

11th district of Oklahoma Tulsa, OK

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about our public school systems. A recent report revealed that 49 schools within Tulsa Public Schools received an F grade by the state of Oklahoma. Most of those schools are in my legislative district. I am constantly wondering how, with so many different avenues of resources and different “plans of action” by our urban public school districts- we still get the same result!

The Struggle for Progress

October 15, 2014

By Hady Mawajdeh and Frank Stasio

Dr. Howard Fuller has dedicated much of his life’s work to eradicating poverty. His work began in 1965, when he went to Durham to work as a community organizer and helped young African-American students and youth find a voice for themselves in organizations aimed toward ending poverty.

By Mike Magee

The powerful photo on the cover of Howard Fuller’s new book, “No Struggle, No Progress,” shows the author in his early 20s leading a political rally in Durham, N.C., in the late 1960s. He is glancing upward with a concerned look on his face. During the author’s recent visit at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy, in Cumberland, I discovered the jarring reason why.

By Cliff Bellamy

Howard Fuller, who during his days in Durham was a community organizer and founder of  Malcolm X Liberation University, came back to Durham on Sunday to discuss his new memoir “No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform.”
In a presentation and book signing in St. Joseph’s Performance Hall at Hayti Heritage Center, Fuller recalled the importance of St. Joseph’s Church to the civil rights struggle. “The place that we’re in right here is a very important place,” Fuller told the audience. “A lot of the demonstrations we were involved in started in this church. … It always holds a special place in my heart. The same applies to Durham and North Carolina,” Fuller said.

By Naomi Mix by NJ Advance Media

Civil rights activist Howard Fuller argued Wednesday evening that parents need to take a more active role in fighting for better schools in minority communities.

“We need parents to demand not ask that your children get quality education,” he told an audience of about 500 people at North Star Academy.

Fuller, a nationally-recognized education reform advocate, served as the Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent during the 1990s. His comments at North Star came as the city debates changes taking place in Newark Public Schools.

By Mathew Wisla at the Milwaukee News Service.

“A set of standards like Common Core are good for students and teachers,” said Fuller, director of theInstitute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University, which he founded in 1995. “It’s also positive when students at a certain grade level in Milwaukee are learning the same skills as students in Louisiana.”

By Star Parker at the Providence Journal.

Education options in low-income communities — charters, vouchers and tax credits for private schools — is the best hope for eliminating multigenerational poverty and the possibility of more tragedies like that of Michael Brown.

Howard Fuller has the answer for Ferguson.

Fuller spoke with Lake Effect‘s Mitch Teich about why he thinks this is the right time to tell his whole story. His memoir is called No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform.

“You have to be impatient with the pace of change in our community. But you have to be patient enough to fight it every single day,” says Fuller.

Book covers activist days to crusade for school reform.  By Erin Richards of the Journal Sentinel.

Experts seem to agree that giving poor and working class families access to quality education and the power to influence school change is a key to equality in our society. Yet it’s a social justice issue that decades of work have yet to fully resolve. Kojo talks with education activist Howard Fuller about a career devoted to that goal and considers how his time spent in the Jim Crow South, his work as a community organizer and his experience in the Pan Africanism movement have influenced his work.

Interview by Ron Matus: Ron Matus is editor of redefinED and director for policy & public affairs at Step Up for Students. He joined Step Up in February 2012 after 20 years in journalism, including eight years as an education reporter with the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times). 

Howard Fuller, joined “News One Now” to discuss School Choice, Education Reform and his new book No Struggle, No Progress

By Lindsey Layton at the Washington Post

Howard Fuller’s No Struggle, No Progress is not just a personal history and a chronology of one man’s journey, but a reminder of what it really means to be in a country that offers opportunity — but not without struggle. And no matter what one\’s race, class or point of view is on issues, or how far apart our numerous cultures sometimes are or seem, Howard shows us that it is nevertheless possible to be aligned in support of policies that truly yield great education for everyone, which can only happen when power truly is extended to the powerless.

In a new book, Milwaukee educator Howard Fuller talks about a 1999 meeting with Texas Gov. George W. Bush to discuss a new education reform called school choice with the then-presidential candidate.The meeting was only supposed to be for a half-hour but continued past the hour and a half mark. At the end of the meeting, Bush suggested Fuller join him in Washington, D.C., after an anticipated victory at the polls.

Fuller declined. “I’m not a Republican, and I’m not a loyalist,” he told Bush.”

“I believe the right kind of parental choice programs and policies will give a measure of equity to low-income and working-class families parents who have long been denied a real voice in the educational affairs of their children.”

“This whole struggle is really not a struggle about kids, it’s a struggle about power. It’s a struggle about who controls the flow and distribution of the money.”

“What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Every time I learn about an injustice being done to our children that directly affects their educational success, I am reminded of these words from the Langston Hughes poem.”

Smart Cities: Milwaukee

March 25, 2013

“With so many choices, education in Milwaukee is post-neighborhood. But sadly, education in Milwaukee is still “polarized and controversial,” according to Fuller.”

“Dr. Howard Fuller was active in the 1960′s as a Black Power advocate. A community organizer in Durham, North Carolina, Fuller founded the Malcolm X Liberation University. He later served as the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, earning national recognition as effective champion of fundamental education reform.”

“There is no “one best system that works for all children,” [Fuller] argued, calling for honest talk about what children go through every day in our schools – and communities.”

“How can we tell how our schools are doing when their performance is labeled by a three-digit code nobody understands?”

“For three decades, as superintendent, educator, organizer and advocate, Howard has relentlessly championed the right of parents to demand an excellent education for their children.”

“For Fuller and for those from Black Alliance for Educational Options (who embrace vouchers as a tool for helping the poorest children avoid damage from failure factories), the problems of universal vouchers are clear:  Providing a universal voucher — especially to high-income families who can afford a private-school education — will lead to private schools taking on kids from wealthier families at the expense of the very poor students for whom they have long advocated.”