This African-amer­i­can Life

Hugh B. Price

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John F. Blair Hard­cover $28.95 (288pp) 978-0-89587-691-1

Though his path has been var­ied, Price has demon­strated a sin­gu­lar ded­i­ca­tion to racial equal­ity.

Hugh B. Price’s This African-amer­i­can Life de­tails the au­thor’s decades of com­mit­ment to civil rights, as well as the up­bring­ing and her­itage that fos­tered such a ca­reer. Price has worn many hats since grad­u­at­ing from Yale Law School in the tu­mul­tuous 1960s, in­clud­ing work as a le­gal-aid at­tor­ney, as pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Ur­ban League, and on the fac­ulty at Prince­ton Univer­sity’s Woodrow Wil­son School.

Price’s post-world War II child­hood is re­flected upon vividly, set within a then still-seg­re­gated sec­tion of Wash­ing­ton, DC. Seg­re­ga­tion did not block out suc­cess or a sense of com­mu­nity, how­ever. Price’s par­ents met while at­tend­ing nearby Howard Univer­sity, his fa­ther later earn­ing a med­i­cal de­gree while his mother vol­un­teered tire­lessly for causes like voter rights and equal op­por­tu­nity.

Be­yond the strong moral ground­ing of his par­ents, Price traces his ma­ter­nal ge­neal­ogy to the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion through Nero Hawley, a black sol­dier who fought at Val­ley Forge. Price’s pa­ter­nal for­bear was a slave

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