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Bio Page: Hugh B. Price
Hugh B. Price Hugh B. Price is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban League. He became the seventh president of the organization on July 1, 1994. Founded in 1910, the League is the nation's premier social service and civil rights organization serving African Americans and others who are striving to enter the economic mainstream. The Urban League movement consists of the national office and 115 affiliates in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

After graduating from Yale Law School in 1966, Mr. Price began his career as a neighborhood attorney with the New Haven Legal Assistance Association. He then joined Cogen, Holt & Associates, an urban affairs consulting firm in New Haven. Mr. Price closed out his career in Connecticut by serving as Human Resources Administrator for the City of New Haven.

In 1978, Mr. Price joined the Editorial Board of The New York Times, where he wrote editorials on a broad range of topics, such as telecommunications, education, criminal justice and urban policy.

He then moved to public broadcasting as Senior Vice President of Thirteen/WNET New York, the nation's largest public television station. Initially he managed local programming and fundraising for the station. In 1984, he became director of the national production division, which produces such legendary PBS series as Great Performances and Nature. Notable series originated during Mr. Price's tenure included American Masters, The Mind, Childhood, Dancing and Art of the Western World.

In 1988, Mr. Price entered the world of philanthropy as Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation. He supervised all grant-making in the fields of urban school reform and equal opportunity. Mr. Price was instrumental in conceiving and helping to launch many innovative new initiatives, including those that came to be known as the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Corps, the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, the Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth, and the Learning Communities Network.

Mr. Price's tenure at the National Urban League has been marked by many notable accomplishments, including: restoring the League's fiscal health and enlarging its endowment; restructuring and strengthening the board of directors and staff; defining the Urban League movement's strategic vision, role and priorities; conceiving and launching the League's historic Campaign for African-American Achievement in partnership with the Congress of National Black Churches and nearly two dozen national black civic, social and professional organizations; initiating the "Achievement Matters" public service campaign in conjunction with State Farm Life Insurance Company and the National Newspaper Publishers Association; reviving Opportunity, the League's landmark publication; and establishing the National Urban League's new headquarters on Wall Street in New York City.

Mr. Price serves on the boards of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Bell Atlantic, Sears Roebuck & Company, Educational Testing Service and the Urban Institute. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Education Week, Review of Black Political Economy and Phi Delta Kappan.

Hugh Price has received many honorary degrees and awards, including the Medal of Honor from Yale Law School and an honorary degree from his other alma mater, Amherst College. He is married to Marilyn Lloyd Price. They have three grown daughters -- Traer, Janeen and Lauren.

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Affirmative Action
Diversity in Schools
Economic Future
Faith Based Initiatives
Knowing Each Other
Leadership Models
Media Stereotypes
Political Power
Race in the 21st Century
Slavery Reparations


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