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John Hope Franklin
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John Hope Franklin was the James B Duke Professor Emeritus of History, and for seven years was Professor of Legal History in the Law School at Duke University He was a native of Oklahoma and a graduate of Fisk University He received the AM and PhD degrees in history from Harvard University He has taught at a number of institutions, including Fisk University, St Augustine's College, North Carolina Central University, and Howard University.

In 1956 he went to Brooklyn College as Chairman of the Department of History; and in 1964, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, serving as Chairman of the Department of History from 1967 to 1970 At Chicago, he was the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor from 1969 to 1982, when he became Professor Emeritus Professor Franklin's numerous publications include The Emancipation Proclamation, The Militant South, The Free Negro in North Carolina, Reconstruction After the Civil War, and A Southern Odyssey: Travelers in the Ante-bellum North Perhaps his best known book is From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans, now in its seventh edition His Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities for 1976 was published in 1985 and received the Clarence L Holte Literary Prize for that year In 1990, a collection of essays covering a teaching and writing career of fifty years, was published under the title, Race and History: Selected Essays, 1938-1988 In 1993, he published The Color Line: Legacy for the Twenty-first Century Professor Franklin's most recent book, My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin, is an autobiography of his father that he edited with his son, John Whittington Franklin His research at the time of his death dealt with "Dissidents on the Plantation: Runaway Slaves".

Professor Franklin was active in numerous professional and education organizations For many years he served on the editorial board of the Journal of Negro History He also served as President of the following organizations: The American Studies Association (1967), the Southern Historical Association (1970), the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa (1973-76), the Organization of American Historians (1975), and the American Historical Association (1979) He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Fisk University, the Chicago Public Library, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association Professor Franklin served on many national commissions and delegations, including the National Council on the Humanities, from which he resigned in 1979, when the President appointed him to the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy He also served on the President's Advisory Commission on Ambassadorial Appointments In September and October of 1980, he was a United States delegate to the 21st General Conference of UNESCO Among many other foreign assignments, Dr Franklin served as Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University, Consultant on American Education in the Soviet Union, Fulbright Professor in Australia, and Lecturer in American History in the People' Republic of China Professor Franklin was the recipient of many honors.

In 1978, Who's Who in America selected Dr Franklin as one of eight Americans who has made significant contributions to society In the same year, he was elected to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame He also received the Jefferson Medal for 1984, awarded by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education In 1989, he was the first recipient of the Cleanth Brooks Medal of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and in 1990 received the Encyclopedia Britannica Gold Medal for the Dissemination of Knowledge In 1993, Dr Franklin received the Charles Frankel Prize for contributions to the humanities, and in 1994, the Cosmos Club Award and the Trumpet Award from Turner Broadcasting Corporation In 1995, he received the first WEB.

DuBois Award from the Fisk University Alumni Association, the Organization of American Historians' Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Alpha Phi Alpha Award of Merit, the NAACP's Spingarn Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom In 1996, Professor Franklin was elected to the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Frame and in 1997 he received the Peggy V Helmerich Distinguished Author Award In addition to his many awards, Dr Franklin has received honorary degrees from more than one hundred colleges and universities Professor Franklin has been extensively written about in various articles and books Most recently he was the subject of the film First Person Singular: John Hope Franklin Produced by Lives and Legacies Films, the documentary was featured on PBS in June 1997 Professor Franklin died of congestive heart failure at Duke Hospital on the morning of March 25th, 2009 He is survived by his son, John Whittington Franklin, daughter-in-law Karen Roberts Franklin, sister-in-law Bertha W Gibbs, cousin Grant Franklin Sr, a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, other family members, many generations of students and friends.

There was a celebration of his life and of his late wife Aurelia Franklin at 11 am June 11 in Duke Chapel in honor of their 69th wedding anniversary .



 
John Hope Franklin lecturing at UCLA 2/11/1965
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John Hope Franklin : Racism in my Childhood
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John Hope Franklin Talks About His Decision To Become An Educator
In honor of John Hope Franklin, the National Visionary Leadership Project offers this clip where Mr. Franklin speaks about his decision to become an educator.
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Interview with John Hope Franklin for The Great Depression
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John Hope Franklin: Racism in the 1990s
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Historian John Hope Franklin On the 1898 Wilmington Riots
In a videotaped message to the North Carolina NAACP meeting in Wilmington on October 12, 2007, historian John Hope Franklin, 93, of Duke University ...
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An interview with historian John Hope Franklin, recorded for the Freedom and Enslavement Wall in the International Slavery Museum in 2007.
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Dr. John Hope Franklin receives the 2007 Paul Robeson Here I Stand award.
Dr. John Hope Franklin receives the 2007 Paul Robeson "Here I Stand" award from the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute at the historic Lincoln Theatre in ...
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John Hope Franklin on the Legacy of James B. Duke
Former Trustee of The Duke Endowment, John Hope Franklin discusses the impact of James B. Duke's legacy.
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Islam as Black History
A conversation with Edward Curtis and Jamillah Karim around questions about Islam as Black History and why is it important to integrate the study of Black ...
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Rashid Khalidi talks with Shai Ginsburg about the role of the historian, his take on violence in the Middle East and his new book on the Hundred Years' War in ...
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Lives in the Law | John Hope Franklin
Introduction by Christopher Schroeder. Great Lives in the Law features renowned historian and James B. Duke Professor Emeritus John Hope Franklin, ...
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A BOOKER T MOMENT; JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN COME HOME 1996
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btw moment john hope franklin comes home
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John Hope Franklin: Lessons from My Father
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President Obama Discusses Legacy of John Hope Franklin
In April 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama met with Dr. Franklin and others.
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Mirror to America by John Hope Franklin--Audiobook Excerpt
Listen to this audiobook excerpt and hear John Hope Franklin read from his book Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin--ninety years of ...
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Barbara Smith Conrad performs to honor Dr. John Hope Franklin
Noted for dazzling portrayals of leading mezzo-soprano roles and a luscious voice, Barbara Smith Conrad has captivated audiences at the Metropolitan Opera, ...
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