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About Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr.

About Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr.

Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr. was a 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. Fergusonís 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 was a graduate of Ohio State University (A.B. cum laude, 1948) and Harvard Law School (LL.B. cum laude, 1951). He also studied at the Academy Interamericano de Derecho, Habana (1952). He held honorary doctorate of law degrees from Rutgers University and Williams College. Ferguson was the author of five books and numerous legal and scholarly articles.

Each year, the Howard University School of Law sponsors a lecture to recognize and honor the achievements of Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr. Recent lecturers have included Sanford Cloud, Dr. Georgia Dunston, Lani Guinier, Gerald Torres, Barry Scheck, and G. William Hunter.