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BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN NJ: We Salute Rutgers University's Mr. Clement A. Price

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Rutgers, in a published report on the University's website, said in 1997, the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers-Newark was founded with the belief that the arts and humanities – in all their creativity and scholarly rigor – have a central role to play in the continued revitalization of Greater Newark.

Mr. Clement Alexander Price was an American historian. According to published reports in Wikipedia, as the Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark, Price brought his study of the past to bear on contemporary social issues in his adopted hometown of Newark, New Jersey, and across the nation.

Price was born on October 13, 1945, in Washington, D.C., the middle child of James Leo Price, Sr., who was employed by the United States Department of the Treasury, and Anna Christine (Spann) Price, a homemaker through much of his childhood, and later a domestic worker and professional seamstress according to Wikipedia.

Rutgers writer Fernanda Fox Nixon stated in a December 16th article: "the Rutgers University Board of Governors approved the creation of the Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities. The chair is named in honor of the late Clement A. Price, a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and beloved history scholar at Rutgers University–Newark (RU-N), who passed away in November 2014. A $2 million challenge grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional donations totaling $1 million from corporations, foundations, alumni, and numerous other individuals endowed the chair to honor the legacy and life’s work of Price".

In February 1969, a group of black Rutgers University-Newark students occupied the campus's Conklin Hall, demanding increased enrollment of minority students and increased hiring of minority professors. According to published reports, as one result of the university's response to the students' demands, Price was hired and began teaching history at Rutgers University-Newark in the fall semester of 1969.

"At the time of his 2014 transition, Price was chair of the Newark Trust for Education, a trustee of the Newark Public Library and Saint Benedict's Preparatory School, a board member of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and chair of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival committee. He had previously served as a trustee of the Newark Museum, the New Jersey Historical Society, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and as President of the Fund for New Jersey".

Mr. Clement A. Price remained an active member of the history faculty until his death, including serving as director of the graduate program and chair of African and African-American Studies. In 2002 he was named Rutgers University Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor," according to Rutgers.

**INFORMATION & IMAGE CREDIT:** Wikipedia, Rutgers writer Fernanda Fox Nixon

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