C. Clyde Ferguson Lecture
Each year, Howard University School of Law hosts the C. Clyde Ferguson Lecture, which is the keynote speech for HCR’s annual Symposium. The 2018-2019 topic for the Ferguson Lecture and Symposium is: Triggered: The Power of Law, Guns, and Politics.
The C. Clyde Ferguson Lecture is in memory and in honor of C. Clyde Ferguson, former dean of the Howard University School of Law and a former distinguished professor of law at Rutgers University Law School. At the time of his death in 1983, he was the Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Ferguson’s dedication to human rights issues throughout his distinguished career is well-known.
He was general counsel to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, special legal advisor to Governor Adlai Stevenson, permanent representative to the United Nations, deputy assistant secretary of state for African Affairs, and United States Ambassador to Uganda. In 1967, he was one of the drafters of the UNESCO Statement on Race. Ferguson held honorary doctorate of law degrees from Rutgers University and Williams College, and was the author of five books and numerous legal and scholarly articles.