Civil Rights

Hugh Bernard Price

Hugh Bernard Price is an American civil rights activist and former president of the National Urban League. Born on October 22, 1941, in Washington, D.C., Price dedicated his career to advocating for racial equality and social justice. Price attended Amherst College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1963. He later pursued his legal education at Yale Law School, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree in 1966. After completing his studies, Price became involved in civil rights work, focusing on issues such as voting rights, employment discrimination, and housing inequality.

Hugh Price at March in Columbia, SC protesting Confederate Flag flying at State Capitol, 2000

In 1994, Price was appointed as the president and CEO of the National Urban League, a non-profit organization that aims to empower African Americans and other underserved communities. During his tenure, which lasted until 2003, Price worked to expand the Urban League’s programs and initiatives, emphasizing economic empowerment, education, and advocacy for social justice.

Throughout his career, Price has been recognized for his contributions to civil rights and social justice. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal and the National Bar Association’s Equal Justice Award. Price has also served on various boards and advisory committees, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Express Company.

His work as a civil rights activist and his dedication to improving the lives of marginalized communities have left a lasting impact on the pursuit of equality in the United States.

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