The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection Mobile search icon Mobile close search icon
Advanced Biography Search
Mobile navigation icon Close mobile navigation icon

Randolph Michael McLaughlin

Share on Social Media

Information about Randolph Michael McLaughlin

Profile image of Randolph Michael McLaughlin

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Goat (Curried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
You're killing me.

Birthplace

Born:
6/9/1953
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Goat (Curried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
You're killing me.

Birthplace

Born:
6/9/1953
Birth Location:
New York
See how Randolph Michael McLaughlin is related to other HistoryMakers

Biography

Civil rights attorney and executive director of Hale House Randolph McLaughlin was born on June 9, 1953 in East Elmhurst, New York. During his early school years attending P. S. 148 in the mid 1960s, his favorite teacher Ms. Oliveri, chose him to deliver the "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King during a school play. After that moment, McLaughlin made a personal decision to dedicate his life to civil rights and the struggle against injustice. He graduated Newtown High School in 1967.

After four years of undergraduate work at Columbia University in 1975, McLaughlin was admitted to Harvard Law School and upon graduation from law school in 1978 joined the staff of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City and was mentored by William Kunstler.

Beginning his civil rights legal career in 1982, McLaughlin represented five African American women in a major lawsuit against the Chattanooga branch of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The women were awarded $535,000 in damages and McLaughlin started a long career in civil rights law. On March 13, 1991, McLaughlin represented Ossie Davis and others in a federal class action challenge against the at-large election system utilized by the City of New Rochelle, New York for the election of its City Council members. As a result on March 2, 1993 a referendum was held and approved leading to the City Council approving a six-district plan. On November 2, 1993, under the new district plan, the first African American woman was elected to the City Council of New Rochelle.

In 1988, McLaughlin joined the faculty of Pace University School of Law where he began to teach Civil Rights Law and Civil Rights Litigation. In 1992, he was honored as the Outstanding Professor of the Year. Four years later in 1996, McLaughlin was appointed as the director of Pace Law School Social Justice Center. The Social Justice Center saved a vibrant community in New Rochelle, New York from displacement by an IKEA super store.

Since May of 2001, McLaughlin has served as counsel to the Board of Directors of Hale House Center, which was founded by Clara "Mother" Hale in 1969. In the fall of 2004, the Board of Directors appointed McLaughlin as the executive director of Hale House, where he continues to serve the community.

See how Randolph Michael McLaughlin is related to other HistoryMakers
Loading...
Click Here To Explore The Archive Today!
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Randolph Michael McLaughlin's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his mixed-race family lineage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his mixed identity
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his father's relationship with Augusto Sandino
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin talks about the passing of his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin talks about his brother, Victor McLaughlin, and uncle, Randolph Rodrigues
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes family holidays growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls growing up in East Elmhurst, New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes the community of East Elmhurst in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls transferring to the majority-white P.S. 148 in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls playing Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in a school performance
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin shares a humorous story about his father's parenting style
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls the integration of New York City public schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his experience with school integration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls his childhood dreams and aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin remembers his experience at Newtown High School in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his parents' working-class jobs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls his extracurricular involvement with Boys State
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes what he learned from his achievements at Newtown High School in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin explains why he chose to attend Columbia University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin remembers his early political involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls studying African history and literature at Columbia University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his interest in pursuing a law career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls his acceptance to Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes how his personality changed when he entered Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes the atmosphere of Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes how his law school experiences influenced his teaching style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls two major U.S. Supreme Court cases on affirmative action during his time in law school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes how he stayed true to himself at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls how William Kunstler inspired him to pursue civil rights law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Randolph Michael McLaughlin's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin remembers the trial of the Chicago Seven
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls meeting William Kunstler
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin remembers joining the staff of the Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls learning from Morten Stavis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls William Kunstler's notable legal cases
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin remembers the trial of Bashir Hameed and Abdul Majid
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls conducting his first cross-examination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his technique for winning over a jury
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls angering Judge Kenneth Browne during trial
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes what he learned from William Kunstler
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin remembers the unfair dismissal of his jury
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls the convictions of Bashir Hameed and Abdul Majid
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin remembers marching against the Ku Klux Klan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his legal counsel for the National Anti-Klan Network demonstration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls taking a case against the Ku Klux Klan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls his protection from the Ku Klux Klan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes the courtroom in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls defeating the Ku Klux Klan at trial
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls his desegregation case in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin remembers two legal cases in Mississippi
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes the history of Liberia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin gives the history of Liberia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls traveling to Liberia to investigate human rights violations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes the foods of Liberia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes the findings of his human rights investigation
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin talks about the First Liberian Civil War
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin remembers working with Basil Paterson
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his cases in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls beginning his teaching career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin talks about Goosby v. Town of Hempstead
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his voting rights case in New Rochelle, New York
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls creating community institutions in Westchester County, New York
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls a housing case in New Rochelle, New York
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls representing school desegregation activists in Yonkers, New York
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin recalls becoming involved with Hale House Center
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin describes his work with Hale House Center
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin talks about his human rights report on Liberia
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Randolph Michael McLaughlin explains why he agreed to be a HistoryMaker