This African-american Life
Hugh B. Price
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