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Posted 05/11/2009

Howard Fuller, the civil rights activist credited with keeping Durham, NC, calm in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke with WUNC’s Frank Stasio on May 4, 2009.

In April, Fuller delivered the keynote address at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Poverty Awareness Week. His talk was co-sponsored by the SOHP as part of “The Long Civil Rights Movement: Histories, Politics, Memories.”

Fuller has attracted controversy as the chairman of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, an organization he founded to advocate for “school choice,” or offering vouchers for some students to attend private schools. Fuller’s support for vouchers vexes his former allies in the civil rights movement because it aligns him with conservatives.