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Franklin, John Hope

b. 1915 - d. 2009

John Hope Franklin was a scholar, historian, and prolific author on black Americans and the issue of race. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Fisk and a master’s and doctorate from Harvard University. He taught at several universities, including Fisk, Howard, the University of Chicago and Duke. In 1947, Franklin authored From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, the most authoritative work on the subject. Franklin helped develop the sociological argument and write the brief of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund for Brown v. Board of Education. In 1965, he joined the Selma march led by Dr. King. Franklin chaired President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and received the coveted NAACP Spingarn Medal.

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"DuBois State Memorial Proposed; Would Be in Great Barrington"

William F. Bell writes an article concerning a proposed W. E. Dubois State Memorial in Great Barrington.

Emancipation Proclamation Dinner Program

Dr. King speaks at a dinner engagement honoring the centennial anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation.

Letter from Asher Feren to MLK

Asher Feren writes to Dr. King to express his concerns for the Hyde Park High School Unity Plan.

Letter from Edmund W. Gordon to MLK

Edmund W. Gordon, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Educational Psychology and Guidance at Yeshiva University, invites Dr. King to serve on the Dr. W.E.B. DuBois memorial committee. The committee proposes a memorial park to honor Dr. DuBois in his hometown of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to MLK

Eleanor Roosevelt invites Dr. King to appear in the first installment of a series of televised discussions entitled "The American Experience."