Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

National Urban League Spearheads Academic Campaign

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

National Urban League Spearheads Academic Campaign

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WASHINGTON - Saying, "We've got to end the excuses for substandard education," Hugh Price. president of the National Urban league. announced a nationwide initiative to boost African American academic achievement.

Price said that the National Urban League would act as the "secretariat" of a consortium of organizations that includes the National Pan-Hellenic Council and its member fraternities and sororities, the Congress of National Black Churches, and the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice.

Representatives of many of the constituent organizations pledged their support for the Campaign for African American Achievement at a press conference that concluded the annual convention of the National Urban League earlier this month.

Randy Young, president of the Nation:al Bar Association, said that he will urge each of the association's 18,000 members to tutor at least one child and each of the eighty-five chapters to adopt a school.

Young cited Equity 2000. a program of the College Board, as an example of the kind of program that the campaign would support. Equity 2000 has as its premise the belief that every high school freshman should take algebra as preparation for further academic work. …

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