Dr. Howard Fuller, distinguished professor of education at Marquette University, and founder and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, is one of nine unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement recognized this month by the Oxford University Press.
A former superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, Fuller is an outspoken advocate of educational options for low-income families and is considered a national expert on the issue of school choice. He is also the cofounder of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, an organization that seeks to increase access to high-quality educational options for black children.
After receiving his master’s degree in social administration from Case Western Reserve in 1964, Fuller worked for a year at the Urban League in Chicago and then moved to Durham, North Carolina, to work for Operation Breakthrough, a community action program under the Poverty Program. He would spend the next ten years organizing issue-oriented movements, before returning to Milwaukee, where he grew up. His professional focus turned to education after accepting a position with Marquette University’s Educational Opportunities Program as the director of special services.