NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Sen. Cory Booker today attended the funeral services for Dr. Clement Price. On Wednesday, the Senator submitted into the U.S. Senate official record the following statement in his honor:
“Mr. President, today I recognize the life and legacy of New Jerseyan and Newark City Historian Dr. Clement Alexander Price, who was taken from us too soon on November 5th. Clem was a mentor and valued friend to me, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
“The foremost authority on the history of African Americans in New Jersey, Clement Alexander Price was born in 1945 in Washington, D.C., to James Price, Sr. and Anna Christine Spann Price. He inherited his love of history from his parents, and since then instilled in generations this love for history. After earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Bridgeport, Clem came to Newark to teach at Essex Community College. He earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers University, became a professor at Rutgers University-Newark, and founded the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience.
“Clem was devoted to Newark, and he served not only as our leading historian, but as a powerful spiritual force in our state’s largest city. He was invested in Newark, and – ever generous with his time - was known to arrange tours for visitors that highlighted not only the city’s rich history, but its considerable promise. Clem always recognized the vital truth that charting a brighter course for the future requires a comprehensive understanding of the past. As a fervent believer in Newark’s potential, Clem, with his unparalleled knowledge and thoughtful advice, was invaluable to me and so many others who were elected to serve the city.
“Clem’s commitment to the City of Newark was surpassed only by his dedication to public service, and he lent his time and expertise to a multitude of causes and organizations. From serving as President of the Newark Education Trust to chairing President Obama’s 2008 transition team for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Clem was always seeking opportunities to serve his community and his nation. He believed in the power of civic engagement, and he dedicated his career to cultivating that engagement through historical literacy and unyielding activism in service of Newark and beyond. Clem was truly one of Newark’s great statesmen.
“Most of all, Clem was kind. He touched so many lives, and helped all who knew him to learn, grow, heal, and come together.
“Clem is mourned by his wife Mary Sue Sweeney Price, his sister, Jarmila, and his brother, James, and by friends and colleagues in the City of Newark, the State of New Jersey, and across the nation. I ask that the Senate join me in remembering and honoring the extraordinary life of Dr. Clement Alexander Price.”