37 Howard L.J. 135 (1993-1994)
The C. Clyde Ferguson Lecture Series: Foreword

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THE C. CLYDE FERGUSON LECTURE SERIES
C. Clyde Ferguson, a black man, was the son of a North Carolina
pastor. During- the Depression, he participated in the City-Wide
Young People's Forum, where at the age of ten he heard inspirational
speeches from such distinguished role models as W.E.B. DuBois,
Ralph Bunche, and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune every Friday night in
the Bethel A.M.E. Church.' Something in their words must have
awakened the potential in Clyde Ferguson, for he went on to become
a man of incredible accomplishments.2 While it is impossible to list all
that Clyde Ferguson achieved during his lifetime, this foreward will
highlight a few of his impressive works.
Because of his race, Clyde Ferguson was barred from attending
college in Maryland. He instead attended Ohio State University,
where he graduated cum laude. After also graduating cum laude from
Harvard Law School, Ferguson began his stellar legal career.
Ferguson was the first black person ever hired to the faculty of
the Harvard Law School.3 For many years, he was Harvard Law's
only full-time minority professor.4
In 1955, he joined the faculty of the Rutgers-Newark Law School.
While there, he instituted the nation's first course in international
human rights.5 Clyde Ferguson went on to become Dean of the How-
ard University School of Law in 1963, where he worked with the How-
ard Law Journal to create a major symposium on international human
rights.6 Undoubtedly, these first steps served to inspire the next gen-
eration of fighters in the battle for equal human rights.
1. See Clarence Mitchell, In Memoriam: C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr., A Brilliant Career, 97
HARV. L. REV. 1253, 1253 (1984).
2. See, e.g., Jake C. Miller, THE BLACK PRESENCE IN AMERICAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS 72-73
(1978).
3. Francis A. Boyle, With Compassion, 97 HARV. L. REV. 1259, 1260 (1984).
4. Roy L. Brooks, Life After Tenure: Can Minority Law Professors Avoid the Clyde Fergu-
son Syndrome?, 20 U.S.F. L. REV. 419, 419 (1986).
5. Owen Thomas, Law School Students Learn First-Hand About Human Rights, THE
CHRISTIAN SCI. MONITOR, Oct. 29, 1987, at 19.
6. See the Symposium Issue, 11 How. L.J. 257, 257-623 (1965).
1994  Vol. 37  No. 2

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