We Proudly Support and Partner with the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center At the Howard University School of Law
Meeting Today’s Challenge
We have reached a watershed moment under the current framework of civil rights and advocacy. The United States Constitution is not always enough to protect the fundamental freedoms of individuals and creating effective strategies to combat social injustice also requires an appreciation for the principles of universal human rights.
Howard University School of Law educators and practitioners have always understood the interplay of civil and human rights at Howard University School of Law. It was the first law school to offer a civil rights curriculum, and the coursework offered included an international human rights perspective. The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center seeks to expand our understanding of rights to include the universal rights of freedom, equal justice, dignity, and human welfare.
Blue and Black Partnership plans to work closely with the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. Our goal is to meet the human rights challenges presented by the present moment through advocacy, scholarship, and organizing.
The Center’s advocacy efforts include the championing of civil and human rights by providing litigation support, policy intervention, and providing research for advocacy campaigns and promoting other community-led initiatives. Our Human and Civil Rights Clinic plays a significant role in our advocacy efforts. Students receive hands-on training in federal and state litigation, advocate before international human rights tribunals, and utilize these mechanisms to support movements for social change. Students are working at the forefront of some of the most pressing civil and human rights issues of today. They are dealing with issues of police brutality, racial justice, mass incarceration, unconstitutional prison conditions, and other concerns that implicate core constitutional and human rights.
The Center is a repository for research and intellectual engagement on human and civil rights. We are fostering rigorous debate on the social justice issues of the day. Central to this goal is our work in conjunction with the Human and Civil Rights Law Review. This student-led organization publishes the scholarly works of leading human and civil rights scholars and practitioners. The HCR Law Review hosts the annual C. Clyde Ferguson Jr. Lecture, named for the former dean of Howard University School of Law and noted human and civil rights scholar. As we move forward, the Center plans to regularly bring together national and international scholars at conferences and debates share ideas, inspire new knowledge, and inform our practice.
Our organizing effort accomplishes two goals: engaging community stakeholders to ensure that our advocacy is driven by grassroots organizing in a bottom-up fashion, and training the next generation of community organizers. The cornerstone of these efforts is the Human and Civil Rights Law and Organizing Collaborative, a newly formed student organization at Howard University. The Collaborative is an opportunity for all Howard students to train in community organizing, collaborate with community organizations, and work on public education campaigns.