In Stamford, Harriet Tubman’s descendant and an education activist talk race, public schools and George Floyd

STAMFORD — For Brian Fuller, the 2020 murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police officers was a wake-up call not just about the country’s criminal justice system but the educational one as well.

“We don’t necessarily talk about our educational system and the inherent issues within our educational system in the same way,” he said during a Wednesday night event at Stamford’s South End where he was interviewed by Abdul Tubman, the great-nephew of famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Fuller, a former chief strategy officer for the New York City Department of Education and budding author, was the guest of honor for the event, organized by the group Stamford Literature, Arts and Culture Salon, or SLACS.

Now an equity consultant for educational agencies, Fuller has written a book about the inequities Black students have faced — and continue to face — in American public schools, tentatively titled “Being Black in America’s Schools.”

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