Explorations in Black Leadership

Co-Directed by Phyllis Leffler & Julian Bond

Murphy, Tom (1952–2012)

Murphy served as spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Education for nearly two decades. He discussed the challenging requirements of No Child Left Behind and watched Education Commissioner Ted Sergi build one of the nation’s top-scoring school systems. He additionally observed the challenges of landmark civil rights education case Sheff v. ONeill, in which the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the state had an active obligation to provide an equal educational opportunity for every school child, and that school districting caused inequities due to racial and ethnic isolation.