Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cocoa Bits: John Hope Franklin
and Oakland's Cop Killer a Hero?


John Hope Franklin
1915-2009


I was sad to hear that historian John Hope Franklin passed away today at 94. He died from congestive heart failure. Dr. Franklin's research focused on the history of the Southern United States. He wrote about the African American struggle to civil rights. And he taught the South's history, examining both the black experience and white experience. Dr. Franklin earned his bachelor's degree from Fisk and his doctorate from Harvard. He and other scholars worked with Thurgood Marshall to win Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. The brotha was deep and it's because of people like him I was able to go to good schools and get a quality education. Dr. Franklin was born in Oklahoma and lived in the South when segregation was legal. Can you imagine what he had to deal with? Read his book From Slavery to Freedom and his 2005 autobiography Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin . Go to the National Visionary Leadership Project website to learn more about him. He's somebody that all Americans should know about it. What a blessing that he lived long enough to see a black man become President of the United States.

Thank you Dr. Franklin.

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