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Prominent African-American Figure Honored At Yonkers Leake & Watts School

The Biondi School in Yonkers will honor Hugh B. Price, former President of the National Urban League and advocate for education and economic opportunities for African Americans, as the 2016 inductee to the school's Black History Wall of Fame.
The Biondi School in Yonkers will honor Hugh B. Price, former President of the National Urban League and advocate for education and economic opportunities for African Americans, as the 2016 inductee to the school's Black History Wall of Fame. Photo Credit: Leake and Watts Services, Inc. on Facebook

YONKERS, N.Y. -- The former head of the National Urban League and a proponent of education and economic opportunity for African-Americans, Hugh B. Price, will be honored at a Black History Month event Friday, Feb. 26 at the Leake & Watts Biondi School, Yonkers, N.Y.

A New Rochelle resident, Price is widely respected for advancing economic and educational opportunities for African-Americans throughout the country, said a release.

He will be inducted Into the Biondi School Black History Wall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will include remarks from Price and a performance by the Biondi School Dance Club.

Following the program, a plaque with Price’s name will be hung on the Black History Wall of Fame in The Biondi School.

With a 40-year career that spans journalism, philanthropy, the law, and social advocacy, Price is widely acknowledged as an expert on education, civil rights, equal opportunity, and criminal justice.

As head of the National Urban League from 1994 to 2003, he launched the League’s historic Campaign for African-American Achievement, a campaign that was coordinated with the Congress of National Black Churches and numerous other national Black civic, social, and professional organizations.

He also helped establish the organization’s new headquarters in New York City and reintroduced Opportunity, the magazine that had once been a prominent voice for Black economic issues.

As vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation (1988-1994) Price oversaw its domestic investments to improve education for at-risk youth and increase opportunities for people of color.

Price was appointed Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation in 1988. He formerly served as a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Price holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an LLB from Yale University Law School.

The Biondi School Leake & Watts’ Biondi School serves students K-12 whose ability to learn is affected by an emotional, cognitive, or other barrier.

The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the Biondi School Auditorium on the Leake & Watts Yonkers campus, 463 Hawthorne Ave.

Click here for more information about Leake & Watts.

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