Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The passing of Dr. John Hope Franklin

My Fraternity Brother, Dr. John Hope Franklin has passed. As one of America’s preiminent historians, he increased the nation’s understanding and knowledge of African Americans in its history. He was currently professor emeritus of history at Duke University. He was a major principal in the Brown vs. Board of Education case. He also was the author of From Slavery to Freedom which was published in 1947. To this day the book, through updates, has sold more than 3 million copies. After 62 years since the book was published, the information provided in print is still relevant. He also was a trailblazer in the education field. He was the first black department chair at Brooklyn College; the first black professor to hold an endowed chair at Duke; and the first black president of the American Historical Association. He also has received more than 130 honorary degrees, the NAACP Spingarn Award, the Charles Frankel Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He died of congestive heart failure this morning in Durham, North Carolina. Brother Franklin was 94 years of age.


the uppity negro said...

The warm and genial setting sun
Lights up the hills with mellow hue
Where Fisk our alma mater stands
Majestic dear old gold and blue
Then hurrah and hurrah
For the gold and the blue
Her sons are steadfast
Her daughters true
Where e’er we be
We shall still love thee
Our alma mater!

OH GAAWWWWD, the alma mater takes me OUT each and every time.

I got to meet John Hope Franklin when he came to Fisk that year, and just to hear him talk and stand his presence was breathtaking. I gave his autographed bibliography to my parents for their anniversary that year.

To Dr. Franklin, who has laid down his last burden, no longer on the altar and reunited with his beloved Aurelia, the rest of us remain until that Great Day.

Citizen Ojo said...


Are you being sentimental? Not the Alma Mater!!! Dr. Franklin would be proud of you.....