Thursday, March 26, 2009

Dr. John Hope Franklin

"I want to be out there on the firing line, helping, directing or doing something to try to make this a better world, a better place to live." - John Hope Franklin

Dr. John Hope Franklin, noted scholar and historian of African American history, died yesterday at the age of 94. He dedicated his life to educating the world about the black experience and helping to reshape and define civil rights.

Franklin died of congestive heart failure at Duke Hospital. 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.

For an extensive biography click here. Visit the memorial web site at Duke University.

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