Dr. Fuller Keynotes ACE Community Leadership Luncheon   Leave a comment

ACE Scholarships was honored to host Dr. Howard Fuller for a Community Leadership Luncheon in downtown Denver, with two hundred community leaders. Fuller, a Distinguished Professor of Education at Marquette University, and chair and co-founder of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), is a passionate and dedicated national advocate for our country’s poorest children.

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Asked why, after all these years, he continues to do this work Dr. Fuller called upon history for his answer:

“We must save as many children as we can”, Fuller said. “It’s like what Harriet Tubman faced in the 1850’s. She fought to end slavery, and ran the Underground Railroad to smuggle slaves out. She understood that she needed to save as many as she could until slavery was ended.”
Dr. Fuller understands that systemic change of our nation’s public educational systems takes time, and so while that important work is ongoing, we must save as many lives as we can now.
Talk about perspective! Can there be a higher calling today?
Dr. Fuller heard this call early in his life and has dedicated his entire professional career to the service of children, working tirelessly to provide every child with access to a great school.
In the early 1990’s, Dr. Fuller served as the superintendent of the Milwaukee Public School District, and spearheaded the first publicly-funded school voucher program in the nation.

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Joining Dr. Fuller at the podium was Charles Johnson, a member of the ACE Board of Directors and Assistant Athletic Director for CU-Boulder; Polly Baca, a founding board member for ACE Scholarships and a former Colorado State Senator; and James Coleman, ACE Director of Programs and Community Outreach.

Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb was in attendance, along with members of the esteemed luncheon Host Committee:

  • Polly Baca, Former State Senator
  • Albus Brooks, Denver City Council
  • David Card, Escuela de Guadalupe
  • Sister Alicia Cuaron, Centro San Juan Diego
  • Peter Droege, The Daniels Fund
  • Ryan Frazier, Aurora City Council
  • Fernando Sergio Ferrufino, KBNO Radio
  • Zee Ferrufino, KBNO Radio
  • Vernard Gant, Association of Christian Schools International
  • Nita Gonzales, Escuela Tlatelolco
  • Charles Johnson, University of Colorado
  • Van Lucero, Boy Scouts of America
  • Adriana Muro, KDEN Telemundo Colorado
  • Mike Perez, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver
  • Bishop Phillip Porter, Bishop Porter Ministries
  • Jose Sanchez, Metro State College
  • Michael Sapp, Office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock
  • Laura Sonderoup, Heinrich Marketing
  • Landri Taylor, Urban League of Metro Denver
          
     
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Posted November 8, 2011 by Lawrence Cranberg in Philanthropy

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