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Prominent African-American Figure Hugh Price Honored By Yonkers School

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

The school will induct Price into its Black History Wall of Fame, as a role model for African-American youth and a powerful, expert voice on poverty, education and employment for African-Americans. Price is also a New Rochelle resident.

"Throughout his career, Price has worked directly and indirectly to shape policies and public opinion to improve the lives of African-Americans," explained Dr. Don Antonecchia, superintendent of Leake & Watts Services' education programs.

"From working in inner city organizations like the Black Coalition, to advocating for educational opportunities for at-risk youth as vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation, to leading the National Urban League for nine years, Price has used his great expertise and influence to make a meaningful difference in the community," Antonecchia continued. "He is a positive, powerful role model for African-American youth."

Price's induction marks the fifth year that the Biondi School has commemorated Black History Month by honoring accomplished African-Americans who have made significant contributions to society. This year's induction will include remarks from Price and a performance from the Biondi School Dance Club.

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

The Biondi School serves students K-12 with emotional, cognitive or other barriers to learning. It's an accredited non-public school that provides year-round specialized education services. Leake & Watts was originally founded as a Manhattan orphanage in 1831. It now operates programs serving more than 8,000 children, adults and families in the Bronx, Westchester County, Northern Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Leake and Watts Services is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. For more information, visit its website, or follow it on Facebook or Twitter.

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