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8 Apr 2010

Howard University hosts symposium honoring the legacy of Dr. John Hope Franklin

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April 8, 2010 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

WASHINGTON – Howard University, host a two-day symposium from April 8-10, to honor the late Dr. John Hope Franklin, author of the classic text, “From Slavery to Freedom”, and distinguished faculty member who made many significant contributions to African American history, as well as civil and human rights.


The symposium will include keynote addresses by Harvard scholar, Evelyn Brooks-Higginbotham, Ph.D., who co-authored the recently published From Slavery to Freedom, 9th edition, a newly revised, contemporary version of this historic text. Dr. Higginbotham is the chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and her writings span diverse fields.


Other keynote speakers include another Harvard scholar, Professor Charles Ogletree; Mary Frances Berry, Ph,D., University of Pennsylvania; and Ronald E. Walters, Ph.D., professor emeritus at University of Maryland-College Park. A series of panel discussions will highlight Dr. Franklin’s pioneering efforts in archives and Black historical collections, and his impact on international interpretations of American history.


Dr. Franklin joined the Howard University faculty in 1947. During his tenure as a professor he became a member of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund team, which developed the sociological case for Brown v. Board of Education that ended the legal segregation of Black and White children in public schools. In addition to “From Slavery to Freedom”, he is also known for other prolific writings including: “The Militant South, 1800-1860” (1956); “The Emancipation Proclamation” (1963); “Racial Equality in America” (1976); “Race and History: Selected Essays”, 1938-1988 (1990); “The Color Line: Legacy for the 21st Century” (1993).

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