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Former Urban League president Price to speak about education, December 10

Dec 10, 2007 (All day)
Open to the Public

Hugh B. Price, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and former president and chief operating officer of the National Urban League will present a public talk titled “Demilitarizing What the Pentagon Knows About Developing Young People: A New Paradigm for Educating Students Who Are Struggling in School and in Life,” at 4:30 pm, Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, Monday, December 10, on the Princeton University campus.

After graduating from Yale Law School in 1966, he began his professional career as a legal services lawyer representing low-income clients in New Haven, CT. During the turbulent late 1960s, he served as the first executive director of the Black Coalition of New Haven.

In 1978, Price became a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, where he served until 1982. He then served for six years as senior vice president of WNET/Thirteen in New York, the nation’s largest public television station. Price was appointed vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation in 1988. He oversaw its domestic investments to improve education for at-risk youth and increase opportunities for people of color.

Taking the helm of the National Urban League in July 1994, Price led the way in tripling the League’s endowment; restructuring and strengthening its board of directors and staff; defining a new mission and strategic vision for the 21st century; conceiving and launching the League’s historic Campaign for African-American Achievement; establishing the League’s new research and policy center, known as the National Urban League Institute for Opportunity and Equality; reviving Opportunity, the League’s landmark magazine; and establishing its new headquarters on Wall Street in New York City.

He is the author of two books - Achievement Matters: Getting Your Child The Best Education Possible, published by Kensington Books, and Destination: The American Dream, a compilation of his speeches and position papers published by the National Urban League. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and journals, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Education Week, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Review of Black Political Economy.

Over the years, he has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Meet the Press, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, The Charlie Rose Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, Crossfire, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, CBS Evening News, Lead Story, BET Tonight, The Montel Williams Show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, and many national and local NPR broadcasts.

He has received honorary degrees from Yale University, Amherst College, and Indiana University, as well as the Medal of Honor from Yale Law School, the President’s Medal from Hunter College, and honorary degrees from numerous other colleges and universities.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and is free and open to the public.

Hugh B. Price, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; former president and CEO, National Urban League.