Lydell Scott, the last of three children, was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Scott, an active member of her church family, facilitated several strategic planning sessions, compiled Lessons in Discipleship & assisted with the inaugural Youth Missions Outreach. With other team members, a Reflection Garden was created in 2016, a Youth Camp Proposal, and a Meeting Life Changes Ministry Proposal are under consideration.
Ms. Scott has written bereavement resources and Seeds of Social Service resources for her church family. Ms. Scott wrote a national poetry scholarship proposal to honor Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin, Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Ms. Scott, herself is a poet.
She earned a B.A. in Urban Studies with minors in Communications and Education (1973) from Rutgers University. Ms. Scott enjoyed participation in the Moppet Public School Humanities Program. She wrote a proposal, and Professor Jerome Aumente received funding for a Communication Center In Plainfield, New Jersey. In the late ’70s ( Baltimore City), as the Harbor City Alternative High School Communication Worksite Supervisor, Ms. Scott wrote a companion classroom curriculum. Students produced a recruitment video for Paul Quinn College, Waco, Texas, 1% for Art video and a Public Works training video. At the Maryland Commission on Human Relations (employed ’77-’92), she wrote a grant and the agency received H.U.D. funding to conduct a year long statewide fair housing educational outreach. In 1989, Ms. Scott organized a statewide civil rights conference. She assisted in the movement towards accessible public transportation for people with disabilities. She rewrote an Investigator Training Manual.
Ms. Scott continued her work in discrimination complaint investigation as the Director of the Frederick County, Maryland, Human Relations Department from 1992 to 2007. She provided executive oversight for many county ethnic festivals and naturalization ceremonies. She began the leadership to strengthen Frederick County’s Fair Housing regulation. She conducted human relations police training, provided a training manual and she conducted local hate crime assessments. Ms. Scott wrote many fact sheets on a myriad of equal opportunity topics. In Annapolis, she successfully led the effort to improve the County’s Anti-discrimination regulation.
A retaliation provision, department subpoena authority, a source of income and familial status protections were added to the Regulation. She was a contributor to the American Bankers Association, Equal Hiring Opportunity: Helping Banks Take Affirmative Action 1998. Youth Human Relation Training with the Frederick County Public School System was nationally published. Ms. Scott leads Frederick County’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of Brown v Board of Education. She curated a C. Burr Artz Library exhibit & produced a video documentary. Working with Baltimore Friends, she facilitated a graduate level community mediation course taught by Professor Ury (80’s). Ms. Scott pioneered in recruiting Frederick County leaders to learn community mediation.
Upon her retirement from public service, Ms. Scott received recognition from The Maryland General Assembly, Delegate Elijah Cummings, Maryland Association of Human Rights Workers and Frederick County Community Mediation Center.