Price: America still a ‘work in progress’

Published in the February 11, 2009, issue

Brian Wilson/Office of Communications

African-Americans should view the inauguration of President Barack Obama as a triumph for the “freedom revolution” of the 19th century and the “equality revolution” of the 20th century, said Hugh Price, the former head of the National Urban League, in his keynote address at Princeton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Jan. 19. But Price, a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School, added that “America’s more perfect union remains a work in progress.” He envisioned a new movement for African-Americans – a “development revolution” for the 21st century based on personal responsibility, better health, educational achievement, and political and economic influence. The King Day event, held in Richardson Auditorium, also honored operations research and financial engineering professor William Massey ’77, who received the Journey Award in recognition of his work as a mentor for minority graduate students in engineering.

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