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John Hope Franklin

John Hope Franklin is the nation's most celebrated African American historian. His landmark publication From Slavery to Freedom is required reading in high schools and colleges around the country. The author of 12 books, he has inspired students at several institutions of higher learning including Duke University, Fisk University, Howard University, and the University of Chicago.

Respected for his opinions on the dynamics of human relations, Dr. Franklin served as Chairman of the Advisory Board to the President's Initiative on Race during the Clinton administration.