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John W. Franklin

John W. Franklin is a specialist in the history and traditions of communities of the African Diaspora. A program manager and curator at the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Franklin has developed presentations on Senegal, the Bahamas, Cape Verde, and Washington, D.C., for the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

With his father, John Hope Franklin, he co-edited My Life and An Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin. He also served as advisor on the documentary film, Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace.