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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Sky Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Berkshires, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Keep On Truckin'.

Birthplace

Born:
11/22/1941
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Sky Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Berkshires, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Keep On Truckin'.

Birthplace

Born:
11/22/1941
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Former Urban League CEO Hugh Price is descended from Boston’s celebrated fugitive slave, George Latimer, and his son, Lewis Howard Latimer on his mother’s side of the family. Price was born November 22, 1941 in Washington, D.C. and grew up around the campus of Howard University where his father, Dr. Kline Price, practiced medicine. He attended Blanche K. Bruce Elementary School, Georgetown Day School and graduated from Coolidge High School in 1959. He graduated from Amherst College in 1963, and that summer served as a marshal for the March On Washington. He finished Yale University Law School in 1966, and in the process of offering low-income legal services to the Black Coalition of New Haven, became its first executive director.

Price joined Cogan Holt and Associates in 1970 to evaluate programs for the Ford Foundation and worked in community development. By 1976, he was Human Resources Commissioner for New Haven, and in 1978, Price moved his family to New York to take a position on the New York Times Editorial Board. Leaving in 1982 to become senior vice president of WNET/13, Price moved on to join the Rockefeller Foundation as vice president of philanthropy in 1988. There, he instituted the National Guard Youth Challenge and the Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth. As CEO of the National Urban League, Price established the Institute for Opportunity and Equality and revived Opportunity. He has been a director of Metropolitan Life, Inc., Sears, Roebuck and Co. and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of NYNEX Corporation. He is currently senior advisor and co-chair of the Nonprofit and Philanthropy Practice Group for the law firm of Piper Rudnick.

Price is the author of Getting Your Child the Best Education Possible and Destination: the American Dream. The recipient of many honors and awards, Price lives in with his family in New Rochelle, New York.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Hugh Price's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Hugh Price lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Hugh Price talks about his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Hugh Price talks about his family's tension-filled history of "passing" into the white community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Hugh Price talks about the history of "passing" in his wife's family, and celebrities with African American ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Hugh Price talks about those family members who "passed" and tried to reconnect
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Hugh Price talks about depictions of "passing" in popular culture
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Hugh Price talks about how his parents met as students at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Hugh Price describes his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Hugh Price talks about his maternal ancestors who served in the Civil War
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Hugh Price continues to describe his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Hugh Price describes how his father became a doctor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Hugh Price describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Hugh Price talks about prominent African Americans who lived in his neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Hugh Price describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood in Washington, D.C., pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Hugh Price describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood in Washington, D.C., pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Hugh Price describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Hugh Price recounts his elementary school years at Bruce Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Hugh Price recalls his role in integrating Taft Junior High School in 1954 after Brown v. Board of Education and Bolling v. Sharpe
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Hugh Price talks about his experience at Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Hugh Price remembers a teacher who advocated on his behalf, and his high school experience with racism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Hugh Price talks about his older brother, Kline Price, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Hugh Price talks about his decision to attend Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Hugh Price recalls his experience at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Hugh Price talks about those leaders who influenced him as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Hugh Price talks about proposing to his wife and his experience at the 1963 March on Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Hugh Price describes his experience at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Hugh Price talks about his mother's community activism and the beginning of his own activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Hugh Price talks about working in New Haven, Connecticut's Legal Assistance Association while a student at Yale Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Hugh Price recounts his early days in community organizing and race riots in New Haven in 1967
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Hugh Price talks about community leaders in New Haven, Connecticut during the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Hugh Price talks about Yale University president Kingman Brewster, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Hugh Price describes his tenure as the executive director of the Black Coalition of New Haven
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Hugh Price talks about the role models he met while working for Cogen, Holt & Associates, and the Ford Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Hugh Price talks about community development corporations he encountered while working for Cogen, Holt & Associates
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Hugh Price talks about working for New Haven Mayor Frank Logue as a human resources administrator before joining the New York Times Editorial Board
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Hugh Price recalls his early days on the New York Times Editorial Board
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Hugh Price talks about memorable pieces he wrote while on the New York Times Editorial Board
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Hugh Price talks about his book on education, "Achievement Matters"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Hugh Price talks about his friend and mentor, HistoryMaker James Comer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Hugh Price talks about his experience at WNET-TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Hugh Price talks about his tenure as the vice president of philanthropy at the Rockefeller Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Hugh Price recalls his appointment as President and CEO of the National Urban League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Hugh Price compares and contrasts the National Urban League and the NAACP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Hugh Price documents the challenges and issues he faced as President and CEO of the National Urban League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Hugh Price details why he left the National Urban League, and his tenure there
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Hugh Price talks about his role as senior advisor at Piper Rudnick LLP and starting his memoir
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Hugh Price shares his goals for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Hugh Price describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Hugh Price describes what he would do differently
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Hugh Price reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Hugh Price talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Hugh Price talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Hugh Price narrates his photographs