This African-American Life: A Memoir

This African-American Life: A Memoir

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From his early work as the first director of the Black Coalition of New Haven during the Civil Rights Movement to his tenure as president and CEO of the National Urban League, Hugh B. Price's varied and highly successful career has been unwaveringly dedicated to social justice and racial equality. Price writes about growing up in a neighborhood near Howard University in Washington, attending a newly integrated high school, and studying at Amherst and Yale Law School. He also traces his forbearers, among them Nero Hawley, who fought at Valley Forge under George Washington; George and Rebecca Latimer, who escaped slavery by stowing away on a boat and traveling north as master and slave; and Lewis Latimer, who worked with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison.

Price comes from a long line of radicals, and his own actions demanded change. He defended affirmative action, helped repair relations between the black and Jewish communities, and pressured the federal government to combat police brutality and racial profiling. "People who believe a problem can be solved tend to get busy solving it," William Raspberry wrote in the Washington Post. "Hugh B. Price is a believer." This African-American Life chronicles not only Price's experiences and achievements, but also a lifetime of creating opportunities for others to succeed.



Author: Hugh B. Price
Publisher: Blair
Published: 09/18/2018
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780932112811

About the Author
Price has held an array of positions of leadership during his life. After obtaining a B.A. from Amherst College, he graduated from Yale Law School. He began his career as a legal services lawyer representing low-income clients in New Haven, CT. During the turbulent 1960s, he served as the first executive director of the Black Coalition of New Haven. In 1978, he began his position as a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, where he wrote editorials on an array of political issues. He served as senior vice-president of WNET/Thirteen in New York, the nation's largest public television station and in 1984, became director of all national production. In 1988, he was appointed vice-president of the Rockefeller Foundation, where he was instrumental in launching innovative youth initiatives. From 1994 to 2003, he served as president of the National Urban League. He then served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and on the faculty of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University. He lives in New Rochelle, NY.