Bio on Dr. John Hope Franklin: 1915-2009

Dr. John Hope Franklin was a noted and celebrated scholar and historian of African and World History. The scholarship of Dr. Franklin is well-respected in almost every segment of historical and  intellectual thought. Dr. Franklin became a professor of history at Duke University in 1983 and soon accepted the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History in 1985. He was also the professor of Legal History at Duke University Law School from 1985-1992.

Dr. John Hope Franklin received his A.M and Phd. degrees in history from Harvard University. Dr. Franklin served on the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, led by Thurgood Marshall, that developed the groundbreaking Brown V Board of Education.

A distinguished and prolific author, Dr. John Hope Franklin, a professional typist, ( a little known fact) wrote many books about the African American experience in America:

” The Emancipation Proclamation”

“The Militant South”

“The Free Negro in North Carolina”

“Reconstruction After the Civil War: From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans” (Seventh Edition)

In 1995, Dr. John Hope Franklin was awarded the highest honor an American civilian can receive, the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. 2002, Dr. Franklin was listed as one of the 100 Greatest African Americans. The John Kluge Prize in Human Sciences was awarded to Dr. Franklin. At his home in North Carolina, Dr. Franklin nurtured one of his greatest passions. That of raising orchids. In a greenhouse built on his property, Dr. Franklin loved and nurtured orchids from around the world. He once said that he owned 85 books on orchids.

A Celebration of the life of Dr. John Hope Franklin and that of his late wife, Aurelia Franklin, will be held June 11, 2009 at 11am in the Duke University chapel. For more info on Dr. John Hope Franklin, go to:

Lover, Fighter, Friend, Journalist, and Activist.

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