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Harold A. McDougall Scholarship


Harold A. McDougall is Professor of Law at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He was a civil rights organizer and voter registrant in his early years and served the NAACP from 1994 to 1997, as Executive Vice President of a local branch, as Washington Bureau Director and as Senior Policy Consultant. He served on the National Governing Board of Common Cause from 1997 to 2004, and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Scholars Program) and the Board of Trustees of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation (Study Circles Resource Center). He has consulted for the Kellogg, Kettering, and Village Foundations, and the Montgomery County, MD, County Executive’s Office.

Professor McDougall specializes in the areas of urban social and economic development, civil rights, and the workings of state, local, and federal government. He has written numerous articles, as well as two books. BLACK BALTIMORE: A NEW THEORY OF COMMUNITY (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993) proposes a new approach to the renovation and revitalization of community civic culture. AFRICAN CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE AGE OF OBAMA: A HISTORY AND A HANDBOOK (, 2009) History and A Handbook covers “trouble spots” like racial profiling. hate crimes, discrimination against consumers, employment discrimination, voting rights, housing discrimination and discrimination in public education. It also looks at citizen action and access to local government.

Professor McDougall’s work on civic culture presently takes two forms, one international, and one domestic. Since a 1999 Fulbright Fellowship to the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, he has focused on sustainable development and citizen engagement in the developing world, teaching and writing in this area. In 2006, he taught a course on sustainable development to students at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, pursuant to Howard Law School’s South Africa Program.

Locally, he has founded the “Invisible College,” a nonprofit organization teaching “public citizenship” to middle and high school students. One offshoot, a BoysII Men program, has been taught at Takoma Park Middle School in Montgomery County, MD, by Howard Law School students since 2008. A “Girls2Women” program started in 2009.


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updated: November 4, 2015