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August 13, 2013
Your spirit is still alive !!!

We hope and pray that your spirit lives on for generations and generations.
February 10, 2013
Dr. Franklin's lessons in life live on forever in his written work, especially in his audio "personally read by him" books. I have been driving to and from work with Dr. Franklin teaching me about America and himself. An amazing legacy. What a delight!
July 12, 2010
There is a song that says, may the work I've done speak for me. Well, good and faithful servant----your work will never be silent. May the peace that surpasses all understanding continue to keep the family.
January 27, 2010
To The Franklin Family: I am so sorry he is no longer here with us, but do know that he is still here with us in spirit. I pray that you all will be comforted by these words:

Try to remember that a GOOD man never dies; You will see him many times.
You will feel him in all things that are here out of love, and for love.
The person of a man may leave or be taken away, but the best part of a GOOD man stays. It stays FOREVER!
September 01, 2009
The Final Word !!!

Job well done WARRIOR.

We pray and hope that your spirit lives forever.

THANKS !!!

Charles Edwards Supervisor
Learning Resource Center
Frederick Douglass Hall
Morehouse College
July 18, 2009
Dr. Franklin - Although we never met, you served as one of my guides in doing research on the early presence of African Americans in Northern California. Thank you.
June 11, 2009
Thank you Dr. Franklin for all your hard work and dedication. We love you and God bless you.
April 11, 2009
I first read Dr. Franklin's autobiography a couple of years ago and I was deeply impacted by the disclipine that he exhibited throughout his life to pursue his dreams no matter what! I also truly enjoyed reading about history through the context of his life. Upon his passing I am re-reading his autobiography and it is even better the second time around. I am so grateful for his life and the hard work and dedication that he expended for the improvement of our lives through the connection to our history. I wish him eternal peace as he goes home to be with his beloved wife and family.
April 07, 2009
Rest in Peace.
April 06, 2009
I first learned about this great scholar in high school. It was such an honor to shake his hand when I was in college. The most vibrant and rarest flower among the many in his greenhouse left a great historical legacy that will forever bloom for us all.
April 06, 2009
I admired you very much for your contributions to African-American History. As a historian, I always wanted to be like you. Additionally, I highly respected all you did for the country in regards to race relations. I met you on several occasions. The first was in the late 70's when you and I were on the committee at the Humanities Center at RTP. But the last time I saw you was in Goldsboro, NC a few years ago, where you were an ambassador for the Alzheimers Walk in which you spoke of the difficulties of the disease and how it affects people. I say this to say you were a person who worked in all capacities. You were involved in anything you believed was important. You will be missed but, your impact will be felt for generations to come. Thank you.
April 06, 2009
This scholarly beacon will forever brighten the path of intellectual enrichment. Beyond the odds of lost opportunities are the winnings of expectation which excel farther and higher than the hurdlesof impediment.

The human community is a better enlightend culture of integrity for monumental instruction by humble example of thorough research and articulation.

Emulation of any one example of a Dr. John Hope Franklin accomplishment is solid foundation upon which to build the confidence to to share learning whenever and wherever the opportunity emerges.

Clayton E. Johnson Sr. Sicklerville, NJ
April 06, 2009
Mr. Franklin was an honored man. May the memories of him and his works comfort you. It is comforting also to know that "no matter what it is that we ask according to his will, he hears us". (1 John 5:14) This includes your prayers for strength during this trial. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and all your family.
April 05, 2009
You added much light to a darken world. God Bless. May the candle you lit continue to shed it's light for others to see for generations to come. May God continue to Bless your works.... James NE Williams (Houston, TX)
April 05, 2009
Dr. Franklin added much light to a darken world. May the candle he lit continue to shed it's light for others to see for generations to come. May God continue to Bless your family your works.... James NE Williams (Houston, TX)
April 05, 2009
Dr. Franklin left an enriched legacy. He is gone but will never be forgotten by many of us. His valuable work should inspire many for years to come. My prayers are with his family.
April 04, 2009
I was 19 when first introduced to Dr. Franklin in 1969. It was through his writings and scholarship that i became so inspired. May Allah bless him, forgive him any shortcomings and allow him to enter paradise.
April 04, 2009
People like you opened the doors for me and give me motivaton to go on.To the family god bless for his job was well done.
April 03, 2009
So rightly named hope, you Dr. franklin has inspired us for years, and to hear you was to love you. Let it be known you helped to empowered us, and enriched many with all of your reseach. I was so happy you witnessed President Obama inauguration and the historical day. We will see you tomorrow!
April 03, 2009
My love for history came about as a result of reading Dr. Franklin's "From Slavery to Freedom". This text was not just about Black History but about American History. His style,grace as well as his knowledge about this country's history made us all proud to be an American. The world is a better place because of Dr. John Hope Franklin. Thank God from allowing him to share John Hope Franklin with us these many years.
April 03, 2009
I wish, I could have just 1% of your Intelligents, REST IN PEACE...
April 02, 2009
The world of African Americans living in the United States was elevated due to the Christian understanding and work towards deliverance promoted by Dr. John Hope Franklin. We are forever indebted to his family who shared his life with and for us. To God be the Glory.
April 02, 2009
I could not let this moment pass me by without saying something about a Real Black American Hero. Dr. Franklin, You've been that becon that sparked the fire in me to want to know more and more about the African American Struggles. Once my Professor at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia introduced me to your writings and books in one of my classes, I could not let you go. Thank-you Sir, for your love of our History. It has made me wanting to be a Real Black Man. Now that you've reach life's common denominator, I can see you now in one of God's big Studies, writing the History of the World. Again, Thank-you, SIR
April 01, 2009
Thanks for telling us who we are and where we came from.
April 01, 2009
I just wanted the family to know, A GREAT MAN, has finally made his journey home. His words enlighten me to become all I can be without excuses. He will be forever in my heart.
April 01, 2009
WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVERANT!!!!!!!
April 01, 2009
"Orchid of life" John Hope Franklin - no mystery what our Heavenly Father has, and did do with John Hope Franklin. My prayers for the family, be stead-fast in the WORD of GOD. In Jesus Name. Amen
April 01, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 01, 2009
A great man has gone from us. May his soul rest in peace. May his works be continued. I met Dr. Franklin at a Lyceum program in the 1960s at then Kentucky State College. A brilliant man.
March 31, 2009
To the Family of John Hope Franklin: May the conforting thought from the Bible book of Revelation, the 21st chapter, verse 4 be of comfort to the entire Franklin Family. It reads: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” My sincere condolences to the family.

Cynthia, Atlanta Ga
March 31, 2009
God bless such a brilliant man. To God be the Glory. May He sustain John Hope Franklin in His infinite wisdom. Thanks for being an awesome person who made a difference in this world.
March 31, 2009
John Hope Franklin made it easier for me to understand and appreciate who I am as a black women. Thanks for your knowledge and Wisdom. Rest I Peace.
March 30, 2009
WHAT A SAINT IF THERE EVER WAS ONE. I KNOW HES IN HEAVEN,THERES NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. A GENTLE SOUL HAS GONE TO BE WITH THE LORD.BLESS HIS HEART.I CRIED WHEN HE DIED,BUT HE LIVED A WONDERFUL HAPPY LIFE.AND A LONG ONE. PEACE BE STILL MR JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN.
March 30, 2009
Thank you, and thanks to you for all your knowledge shared, all the forums you participated and those you taught to give and share to others made this world a better place. Peace and love
March 30, 2009
Thank you and may your soul rest in sweet peace
March 30, 2009
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
March 30, 2009
May God give John Hope Franklin the highest reward for the sacrifices that he made on earth to better humankind in the United States and around the world. He richly deserves his wings and heaven's greatest blessing. He was a positive spirit and a dynamic force on this earth for well over three quarters of a century.

Each time we see a child or and orchid, we will be reminded of his love of beauty in people and in nature.

We are all the beneficiaries of his struggles, teachings and friendship.

John Hope Franklin would only request of each of us that we continue the struggle to keep men and women free on this earth.

Thank You John.

Henry McKoy
Former North Carolinian
March 30, 2009
Mr Franklin filled a void by telling history more accurately from a black perspective. Until American historians become all inclusive there will always be a need for black history especially from the likes of such historians as Mr Franklin. He will be missed greatly. He stands as a model for present and up and coming historians.
March 30, 2009
Thank God for a man such as Mr Franklin. He made this world a better palce to live in. He was an inspiration to all of us. My condosolences to his family, may the light of God's love bring you peace and comfort at this time.
March 30, 2009
Thank you Mr.Franklin for sharing your knowledge&wisdom with all of us.Raymond K.Turner&Family.Albany,NY
March 30, 2009
What a Man, What a Life, God Bless you John Hope Franklin this world is a better place to live because of your efforts. Rest in Sweet Peace...
March 30, 2009
I knew Dr. Franklin's name from his written works long before I came to know him more personally. Uncharacteristically, I purchased an audio book format of his auto-biography prior to a long train ride several years ago. It was on an Amtrak journey through the Rockies that I listened to the warm and insightful audio overview of his life's journey. I likened his sage voice to that of many others from whom we would not hear. Far too many great minds and souls of the Black community have lived and died without the benefit of chronicle. Thank you you Dr. Franklin for shining light upon the path of your wonderful life. It will mean much to us all until we meet again.

Dr. Michael G. Ford
March 30, 2009
I knew Dr. Franklin's name from his written works long before I came to know him more personally. Uncharacteristically, I purchased an audio book format of his auto-biography prior to a long train ride several years ago. It was on an Amtrak journey through the Rockies that I listened to the warm and insightful audio overview of his life's journey. I likened his sage voice to that of many others from whom we would not hear. Far too many great minds and souls of the Black community have lived and died without the benefit of chronicle. Thank you you Dr. Franklin for shining a path upon your wonderful life. It will mean much to us all until we meet again.

Dr. Michael G. Ford
March 30, 2009
MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOUR FAMILY IN THE OF YOUR BIG LOSS.THE WORLDS GREATS PERSON.FISK UNIVERSITY COLLEGE NASHVILLE TN
March 29, 2009
thank you sir. i never met you personally but watched you countless times on cspan and you became my hero for all you accomplished. i love you very much and i am so filled with gratitude for all you have done. thank you for everything you've given us in your lifetime.
March 29, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 29, 2009
Thank God for the life and legacy of Dr. Franklin. Always remember that a Soldier's spirit never dies. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
March 29, 2009
A great loss.
March 29, 2009
- Great legacy!
- Great man!
March 29, 2009
You, along with 3 young University of South Florida African American Studies professors from Atlanta University, introduced me to and swaddled me in OUR history and ensured that I am well aware of from whence we came...I, like so many others, THANK and APPRECIATE you, all your efforts, and works...you, Dr. Franklin, were a Master Historian, Sociologist, and more importantly, human being. You, too, give sound meaning to the words of Nikki Giovanni: "...Black Love is Black Wealth...."
March 29, 2009
In my forty years of teaching history at The University of Chicago Lab School, John was one of the nicest, most thoughtful and compassionate people in our community. In the late 1960s when I taught his son, I was stunned to receive a note, from a man of his impressive reputation, complementing me on the interdisciplinary books and monographs recommended in my reading list for students. He knew I was young, from the South and he obviously wanted to encourage me. Thank you John! What an impressive man and life! He was one of the rare people who, no matter how much acclaim he received, never lost the quality of caring deeply about other human beings, regardless of social class. The impact of his life on our culture is so powerful because he lived everything he preached! My deepest sympathy to his family.
March 29, 2009
Rest in peace Dr.Franklin,your works will always be remembered.Thanks for the struggle that made life a lot better for everyone.
March 29, 2009
A great loss for all people ,One of the most amazing men I"ve ever heard about .The knowledge left to us by this incredible man of history is priceless .His books will be a must read book in my family.Thank you and God bless you.
March 28, 2009
"...Historical forces are all pervasive and cut through the most rigid barriers of race and caste..."
Knowing Black history would inspire, give hope and direction to generations of Black people struggling to survive, who lacked education and opportunties. From Slavery to Freedom was the text book used to teach the first Black History class at Cleveland Glenville High School in 1969. Next to my bible it is the oldest book I own - a treasure that I will pass on to my children. I met Dr. John Hope Franklin on several occasions while he was visiting Oklahoma City. We loved our native Oklahoman
March 28, 2009
..."Historical forces are all pervasive and cut through the most rigid barriers of race and caste..."
Knowning Black History inspired, gave hope and direction to a generation trying to overcome poverty, the lack of education and opportunities. From Slavery to Freedon was the text book used to teach the first class of Black History at Cleveland Glenville High school in 1969. Next to my bible, it is the oldest book that I own - a treasure that I will pass on to my children. I met Dr. John Hope Franklin on several occassions when visited Oklahoma City.
March 28, 2009
Thank you Bro Franklin for showing us that we can go far even in times of adversity; That we can be the best and respected and for showing us that no matter what, we are human. Well done dear brother.
March 28, 2009
Well done, brother Franklin, thank you you for your lifetime of contributions to the world.

So many of our great intellects and trail-blazers are making their
transitions to join the ancestors.
It will be a great challenge for
us - as a people - to continue to develop the talent and to generate the spirit that will allow us to build upon the great works of so many
of our departing warriors.

A Luta Continua
March 28, 2009
My condolences to the Franklin family. Dr. Franklin's books and writings helped me and my family see the Africa in the African American. His work allowed us to better appreciate the historical context and texture of African American life. I met his son in Senegal and have come to appreciate that the legacy of the father lives in the son .
March 28, 2009
Thank You Dr. Franklin for all you have done. I will always
remember you when I drive pass your Street John Hope
Franklin.

Thank You,
Robert Roseboro
March 28, 2009
Dr. John Hope Franklin leaves a legacy that has a profound impact on the world in terms of scholarship and education which inspired generations to seek.
March 28, 2009
What a life well lived. You have left such a wonderful legacy of strength, spirit and courage, which should inspire us all to do more with our lives.

Rest in peace.

God Bless you and thanks for the memories.
March 28, 2009
Dr. John Hope Franklin leaves us a legacy of hope and courage for today and tomorrow. May his contributions help us remember that some history does not need to be repeated.
March 28, 2009
Remember

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

By Christina Rossetti
The Poetry Foundation
March 28, 2009
My thought and prayers are with with during the loss of one whose life and work impacted many.
March 28, 2009
Dr. Franklin, thank you for all you gave to the lives of others. Your works will live on forever and you will never be forgotten. You will alway be a gaint among men.
March 28, 2009
I learned a lot from Dr. Franklin's books and was inspired by his speeches. Thank you for providing me with the knowledge of who I could become. You will truly be missed.
March 28, 2009
May you and your Family have comfort in knowing that God promise that he will wipe out every tears from our eyes and death will be no more.A Time we all can not wait to see.
March 28, 2009
Please accept my condolences for your loss. What a wonderful legacy Mr. Franklin has provided for our country. As we read at 2nd Corint.1:3, "Blessed be the God and Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort." May God continue to be with your family and friends. You will be in my prayers.
March 28, 2009
Dear God comfort this family and May Your Peace and Blessing rest upon the soul of our beloved John Hope Franklin who contribute of himself, time
and his love to preserve for future generations the trail of the past to a successful future. The Burnett-Eaton Museum Foundation
March 27, 2009
Dr. Franklin was a shining star in a world with too few of them. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
March 27, 2009
It is a pleasure to know that the world had
Mr. John Hope Franklin to show others how to live over bigotry. I am certain the world is better for having had his presence in this world.
March 27, 2009
My sympathy goes out to the Hope family in your loss. Its a blessing he lived a long time, had a good life and left such a profound legacy. I learned of him through his outstanding works. May your love of him and the love of the Creator for you sustain and keep your family during this your season of grief.
March 27, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
March 27, 2009
"Well done thy good and faithful servant, thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things;enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." Matthew 25:21

May the Lord God of mercies, bless and keep you, the family in His love and with the memories of an exemplary man. A scholar and a gentleman.
March 27, 2009
This wonderful gifted man came to my attention at my graduation from Queens University in Charlotte after which I "stayed in touch" through media. What an inspiration to America and the challenges we faced and still do face in social justice. We must not forget.
March 27, 2009
I am so sad to hear of Dr. Franklin's passing,because this is such a great new chapter for us.Hope someone will be inspired to continue in his vein of documenting our struggle. I am also praying his family will find solace in the vast number of blessings and heartfelt sympathy from so many who never met him but felt kinship and pride in his eloquent teachings and experiences.
March 27, 2009
May the work you've done speak for you Mr, Franklin. To God be the glory for a well deserved rest.
March 27, 2009
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
March 27, 2009
Mr. John Hope Franklin was a man to be honored. I read numerous articles about him in Ebony and Jet magazine, and loved reading them. May his family find comfort in their time of sorrow.
March 27, 2009
Hope is his middle name. What a great human being and definitive American. Well done. God Bless You.
March 27, 2009
What a man! I thank God and you all for sharing Mr. Franklin with me and the world.
March 27, 2009
Job well done Mr. Franklin.
Thank you for all you have done to keep the path clear and the doors open.
You've Earned Your Crown.
You can now rest in peace with our Mighty & Great Ancestors Soldier...
March 27, 2009
A man who shall be remembered forever by all those who aspire to carry the light as high and strong as he did.
March 27, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympathies
March 27, 2009
What a wonderful legacy to leave behind for all people in general, and for our people in particular. I love reading about the accomplishments of Black Americans and how they paved the way for others. A bright shining light has been dimmed, but his works are forever aglow. My prayers and sympathy to the Franklin family.
March 27, 2009
As an undergraduate student, the text for the Introduction to African-American History was Dr. Franklin's seminal work, "From Slavery to Freedom". This work and Dr. Franklin himself will live in the consciousness of enlightened America for generations.
March 27, 2009
May god comfort you in your time of sorrow
March 27, 2009
Truly a great, inspiring man. I enjoy you both on Public TV & Radio. Gone but not never forgotten.
March 27, 2009
Our legacy is gone, but his legacy will always live on. God Bless.
March 27, 2009
May Your Thoughts Ring Forever IN My Thoughts. Never Forget. Maurice Bacon
March 27, 2009
A truly iconic figure that all African Americans need to learn about and our young people need to emulate.
March 27, 2009
The Elders and the Angels are rejoicing that he has come home. . . I have admired him since he talked at my school in Goldsboro, N.C. probably fifty years ago. I send Light, Love and Peace to the family.
March 27, 2009
Although my heart goes out for the Franklin family; it also grieves for this world. We all have suffered such a great loss.

His legacy will live on in our hearts and minds.
March 27, 2009
A great historian and a wonderful person. May God bless his family.
March 27, 2009
I finished reading "Mirror to America" and returned it to the library on March 23. On March 25 I read about Mr. Franklin's death. He was an amazing man with an incredible amount of energy and determination. My sympathy to his son and family.
March 26, 2009
Our prayers are with you, the Franklin family, who shared this Prince of a man with us. May your fond memories of him sustain you forever.
March 26, 2009
Mr. Franklin was a strong historian who were taught and believed that all men were equal. May his work and legacy live forever. GOD BLESS AND STRENGTHEN YOU THE FAMILY.
March 26, 2009
So proud to have used his textbook as a student while at Florida A and M University. His legacy will live on.
March 26, 2009
Robin and I speak to the son of beloved Dr. John Hope Franklin. We are family by the blood of Christ and by the might of history and the race of a people. We mourn in a personal and formal display and ask for the blessing and protection for all Americans and a special comfort for Black Americans. We will miss this man, this warrior,this giant who has fought great battles and is now resting at the throne of Almighty God awaiting the arrival of the just servants who are in the process of endurance on this Mother Earth. May his scholarship serve as a beacon for all students to follow in his remarkable footsteps. Rest in peace my gifted uncle, brother, and father.

Dillard University 1960
New Orleans,Louisiana
March 26, 2009
Wonderful legacy of grit and determination. Our deepest sympathy to the Franklin family.
March 26, 2009
As a student at Southern University in Baton Rouge, I enrolled in a Black( African-American-trying to be politically correct class) and our textbook was "From Slavery To Freedom". Normally after each semester I would sell all of my textbooks back, but I still have that book and that was over 20 years ago. DR. John Hope Franklin was a great historian who has touched millions of lives.
March 26, 2009
He will be greatly missed. His spirit and his scholarship is a wonderful legacy to emulate. May his works live on forever. The country and a people bid you farewell.
March 26, 2009
I WATCH YOU OVER C-SPAN AT THE MIAMI BOOK FAIR AND AT YOUR HOME AND FINALLY OVER THE INTERNET LAST JULY AS I WAS INTO DUCE A FRIEND TO YOUR WORK AS YOU HAD A CONFERENCE ON YOUR CAMPUS. I HAVE ABOUT FOUR OF YOUR BOOKS. THE LAST ONE I ORDER WAS SLAVERY TO FREEDOM BUT THEY SENT ME CRAM IOI TEXTBOOK OUTLINE & HIGHLIGHT. I DO PLAN TO GET THE TEXTBOOK. MAY GOD BCOMFORT YOU WITHE THE COMFORT OF THE SCRPTURE AND FROM HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
March 26, 2009
The Franklin Family has my deepest sypamthy.Just remember The Lord will not put no more on you than you can bear.
March 26, 2009
Thank you.
March 26, 2009
American History has lost a true gift and ambassador but a rich legacy remains for all time. The Howell family extends sincere sympathy and prayers for your comfort, Whit. God bless now and always.
March 26, 2009
What a great and inspiring man! Dr. Franklin's faith in a better America, his patience in confronting injustice and his essential optimism was and is a great inspiration to to us all.
March 26, 2009
What a phenominal person.....Thank you.
March 26, 2009
A truly great man - a father and role model to us all. Thank you.
March 26, 2009
OUR HEART GOES OUT 2 THIS FAMILY. WE WILL KEEP YALL N OUR PRAYERS. THE BROWN FAMILY OF GASTONIA NC
March 26, 2009
Dr. Franklin was a great supporter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and one of last of a long line of scholars who was personally mentored by our founder Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The officers and members of ASALH mourn the loss of our Advisory Board member and former National Vice President.
March 26, 2009
Thank you for your Love and Commitment in teaching African-Americans our History and Legacy. Job well done, good and faithful servant. GOD bless you and may you Rest in Peace...

Micheal L. Nesbitt
Burbank,CA.
March 26, 2009
Dr.Franklin was not only a great scholar, but a moral and thoughtful man. He was more than a learned and articulate professor of history; he was also an invaluable role model who everyday taught his students to treat others with dignity and respect. I will never forget him.
March 26, 2009
I am a white man, historian, age 67, and I long have admired and appreciated the work of Dr. John Hope Franklin. I have struggled for years to explain to people that some blacks in America were free long before the Emancipation Proclamation, and I appreciate the work Dr. Franklin did in this area. Also, the story of his life shows (another example) the major influence parents have on their children. (Kudos to them as well as to him).
March 26, 2009
My mother attended Brooklyn College School of Nursing, while I spent my day at the Brooklyn College Nursery school.It was there I met and befriended Whitfield Franklin, Dr. Franklin's son. Our families developed a special bond. I have vivid memories of Dr. John Hope picking me up and spinning me around as Whit, waited for his turn.It really wasn't until I attended Brooklyn College, that I fully became aware of Dr. Franklin's contributions to America's history. I extend my prayers and condolences to Whitfield and family.
March 26, 2009
I love Black History. I took a Black History course in college and his book was the text. That was the only textbook I have read from cover to cover. He will be missed.
March 26, 2009
You were an inspiration to MANY Black Americans. I enjoyed watching you on Public Television from time to time.

Thanks for ALL you did in the short time that God let you be among us. I'll keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Rest In Peace, Dr. John Hope Franklin!
March 26, 2009

vasilisa wrote on 03/26/2009 12:04:29 PM:

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Franklin a few years ago at the Robert Smalls Lecture held annually at the University of South Carolina. I was astounded by both his wit and intelligence and thrilled that I could actually meet the man whose work and writings I had long admired. I'm proud—and glad—that his work and his legacy will live on, and I'm grateful that I purchased his book, From Slavery to Freedom, got his autograph, and also took a picture with him. I attended the lecture with my former professor Ed Beardsley, professor emeritus in the USC Department of History, in whose class I was first introduced to Mr. Franklin's works. I agree with what President Obama said about him, and I thank God that Mr. Franklin lived to see our nation inaugurate its first black president.

With gratitude and reverence,

Vasilisa C. Hamilton, Columbia, S.C.
March 26, 2009
Rest In Peace, John. I truly admire all your prominence. You were my inspiration while we were growing up together in Tulsa.
March 26, 2009
I first heard Dr. Franklin speak at the University of Chapell Hill at a conference for Black Social Workers, he was awesome and his talks encouraged me to feed more knowlege into young black youths, I feel I was blessed to be in his presence, Dr. Franklin was truly a unsung hero. He will be missed but never forgotten.
March 26, 2009
March 26, 2009
I am profoundly shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Dr. John Hope Franklin. His sudden death is a great loss for mankind. My thoughts, sympathies, and prayers go out to his family, friends, colleagues, and members of Duke University. He was a man of great personal conviction, constructive vision, means and purpose. Dr Franklin’s passing is a tremendous loss to all of us but his spirit lives with us every time we read one or two his books. He will be missed and my sincere condolences to his family.
March 26, 2009
Thanks God for ,Dr. Franklin and his dedication, for trying to make the world a better place!!!
March 26, 2009
Dr. Franklin's legacy has benefited our entire community and the African American race and culture. I am grateful to learn of him, even in my later life, and to have witnessed his presence two years ago in Charlotte.

Thank you God for heroes like Dr. Franklin and we trust you to give us more of the same.
March 26, 2009
Mr. Franklin spoke at my graduation from Furman University speaking truth to power. Thank you Mr. Franklin.
March 26, 2009
I was deeply sorry to read of the passing of Dr. Franklin. I shall always hold dear my memories of his appearances on TV and most of all the times he participated in ASALH meetings. He was a fine scholar and person.
March 26, 2009
He did great work to expose African-American history from an African-American persepctive. He will be missed.
March 26, 2009
As an 63 year old Africian-American male, it was only, in the past 10 years, that I fully got to know off and understand his works. As a youth, his works were not exposed to me! Now I fully understand. My intellect life has expanded greatly. Thanks Dr. Franklin. God bless.

E. P. Brown, Greenville, South Carolina
March 26, 2009
Thank You Dr. John Hope Franklin for the doors that you opened for
me and others of my generation. Thank you for my life long love of
my people. You were a man of such great dignity that you were
always referred to by your full name and title. You spread hope in
our lives. Thank You.
March 26, 2009
I can remember reading Mr. Franklin's books as a young African-American college student. I stood in awe then, as I do today. BRAVO, Great teacher!!
March 26, 2009
I had the awesome opportunity to meet and greet Dr. Franklin at a ceremony where a street was dedicated in his honor. It was in Tulsa, OK some years back. I was so intrigued with his humility and gentle tone as he received several honors on that day. I was introduced to the work of Dr. Franklin many years prior to that day for his book “From Slavery to Freedom” was a required reading in my Freshman History class at Southern University. I was amazed with his intellect, enlightened and moved by the eloquence in which the information was presented. A Legend has gone, but he has left a great legacy for us all. May the peace and comfort of the Almighty God rest upon his family.
March 26, 2009
As a young student in community college in the eighties I read from Slavery to Freedom and It changed my life, as I am sure it changed the lives of many.I would never again feel inferior and never again feel that we had no lagacy as a people or value as Americans. John Hope Franklin along with Alex Haley and Gordon Parks were my heros.So now I bow in honor of Mr. Franklin the man and a life well lived.
March 26, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 26, 2009
Thank you Dr.Franklin for making me wanting to learn more and be better.
March 26, 2009
Dr. Franklin will be missed. He has inspired many and enlightened more with his ground breaking work as an historian.
March 26, 2009
I Thank God for the gift of being one of Dr. John Hope Franklin's students at Livingston College. I treasure the time in his class. May contindue to bless his family and friends during this period of their lives.
March 26, 2009
It was so refreshing to read "From Slavery to Freedom" and learn about African American people. It boosted my self esteem and image tremendously. This book was a requirement for me to obtain a minor in African American Studies at George Mason University in 1994.
March 26, 2009
Dr. Franklin was a great man. He was also
a great man of Alpha Phi Alpha.
I offer my condolences to the Franklin
family.
March 26, 2009
Just a couple of years ago Dr. John Hope Franklin took the time to stop by a little school in the Midtown area of St. Petersburg, Florida. The school was Southside Fundamental Middle School. He took the time to share with our students his life experiences as they did their own research about a time many of them had only read about. His great breadth of knowledge and experience, coupled with his humble spirit, left a lasting impression on our students and staff. His presence gave us all a 'once in a lifetime' moment with such a great man. It was one my proudest moments as principal. May God bless and expand the work Dr. Frankliln contributed our world.
March 26, 2009
What a wonderful man, who is such a part of history and we say thank you!
March 26, 2009
As we say in Liberia, West Africa, THANK YOU PLENTY, may your soul and that of our faithful departed rest in perfect peace!
March 26, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
March 26, 2009
Dr. Franklin's scholarship and activism touched many of us in the Caribbean who were trying to understand our identity as Black persons in the world citizenry. His work did this in a very spiritual and inspirational way. He served us well as an intellectual leader and historian in unraveling the complexities of race relations. My children will certainly benefit from his seminal contributions to the history of the United States of the America.
March 26, 2009
A giant of a man. Larger than life. I thought he might live forever.
March 26, 2009
Mr. Franklin was one of my mother's college professors at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C. He also visited our home in later years in Savannah, Ga. My sister and I were told about what a great teacher he was and also what a great inspiration to do your best. My prayers are with your family.
March 26, 2009
Thank you for your hard work and dedication to historical research. You filled in the spaces between the lines of "accepted" history. In case you've ever wondered, you have changed at least five lives (those of my family and myself). Thank God for you, I'm sure you are asking questions making connections even now.
March 26, 2009
May God bless your family during this difficult time.
March 26, 2009
I had the opportunity to meet you twice in this life. I have always respected your work and legacy. I was at your 90th Birthday dinner it was grand. But most of all I am treasured we shared the same fraternity bond as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,Inc..

We will miss your keen wit and solid intellect.


Keith A. Ridley,IV
Ridley Funeral Estab.Inc
Washington,DC
March 26, 2009
Mr. franklin's middle name says it all. He was a great inspiration to all.
March 26, 2009
Dr. Franklin was unique. His record as a scholar was remarkable but for those of us who had the opportunity to know him he was even more remarkable as a gentle man. I will miss him.
March 26, 2009
WOW—what a phenomenal man! It’s because of you that my daughter is the recipient of an athletic scholarship at Duke University of which she has one more year to complete. Even though I didn’t have the opportunity to meet you, I’m eternally grateful for your heroic acts of bravery to stand for all—especially those who would come behind you. Rest in peace and God bless YOU!.
March 26, 2009
Well, well, move on up a little higher, Dr. Franklin. Your work is now done. Enjoy your well deserved rest. I thank you for your contributions, for the struggles that you were able to overcome in order to achieve such academic success. My prayer is that some young person will read your obituary and be inspired to do great things as well in their life time.
March 26, 2009
1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.(KJV)
March 26, 2009
The Lord shined his ever loving light on US(African Americans) and others with your hope, vision and tenacity to let others know WE are Still Standing, Struggling and Surviving in a world that Discriminates and Counts US(African Americans) out everyday. Rest My Brother, WE will pick-up the Fight on this side of the Jordan. You will be missed and remembered by those who know your Good Works, here on earth.
March 26, 2009
Brother Franklin done Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. a world of good... He left a great legacy behind.
March 26, 2009
WOW!!! What a GREAT MAN...Rest in Peace Dr. John Hope Franklin
March 26, 2009
A great mind and man!
March 26, 2009
What an inspiring life! I know that his love of life and people will be always on the minds and hearts of those benefiting from his selfless endeavors. Also God promises through his word that "the meek will inherit the earth, and they will find their exqusite delight in the abundance of peace"(Ps.37:11) May his name be in the book of rememberance.
March 26, 2009
To The Family:
I give you my heartfelt sympathy during your bereavement. May you remember that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I have always enjoyed reading Dr. Franklin's books. May he find eternal rest amongst the ancestors whose story that he so eloquently wrote and lectured.
March 26, 2009
Thank you Dr. Franklin for your courage and grace. My soul also wants to reach out and touch you to say job well done.
May you rest in the peace of the Lord.
M. Simpson (Edmond,Oklahoma)
March 26, 2009
There will never be a method by which to calculate, measure and score accurately the price this soul has endured. Dr. Franklin along with so many, many other faces some with names and so without are now at rest from this misunderstood thing call life. However, we will see you and countless others again under much different set of circumstances. Take your rest warrior.
March 26, 2009
IF ONLY SOMEONE WILL FOLLOW YOUR EXAMPLE!
March 26, 2009
He was faithful until death. We celebrate his eternal gift of the crown of life. The heavens are smiling
March 26, 2009
I have admired Dr. Franklin for many years for his scholarly and poised demeanor. May he come to be recognized as one of America's greatest historians and become known by all Americans for his magnificent body of work. He is a great American, not only a great African American. May his elegant soul
rest in peace!
March 26, 2009
We had two substantive encounters: One when he was chair of the Univ. of Chicago history department (1968) and chair of the Fisk bd. of trust in his Univ. of Chicago office and one when we were at a conference together in D.C. We did not always agree and I never heard from him re: my review of his autobiography in the AME Review in 2007. He probably never saw it. Nevertheless I can comfortably say he was a great man with an outsized intellect. We are all enriched by his contributions to Americana and to African Americana particularly. We shall miss him but miss him less because the value of his legacy can only increase.
March 25, 2009
Thank you Mr. Franklin...and may you rest in peace.
March 25, 2009
John Hope Franklin was a man that I admired from afar. I was "attached" to him because he LOOK EXACTLY like my father who passed away two years ago. Ironically, our last name is FRANKLIN! My father's mother, and many of his other relatives, were school teachers! What a coincidence! Even though we may not be (biological) relatives, I am honored to share the same last name with a man so great as John Hope Franklin. Well done thy good and faithful servant. Lay down and take your rest.

Dr. Rhonda J. Franklin-Ferguson
Cleveland, TN
March 25, 2009
I thank the creator for sending this giant of a man, Dr. Franklin down in my lifetime. Your life will be an inspiration for generation to come. You have truly earned your rest.
March 25, 2009
MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY, AND I THANK MR FRANKLIN FOR THE HISTORY AND BEING HIMSELF.
March 25, 2009
Thank you God for blessing us with John Hope Franklin. May his work and dedication forever be a blessing and a spirit of encouragement for us all.
March 25, 2009
I met mr franklin in charlotte nc. he was a very gracious man.
March 25, 2009
Dr. Franklin...I know with great certainty that you have at last entered into the Joy that is the fulfilled Promise for His faithful servants. Well done, Well done...mighty man of valor and truth! And thank you Sir, for all that you sacrificed and gave to the struggle for liberty and justice for all.
March 25, 2009
I am blessed to have known you, Dr. Franklin. Thank you for your grace, wit and brilliance.
March 25, 2009
I have never personally met you but I thank you for paving the way for many young African Americans like myself.
March 25, 2009
Sit down servant and rest a little while!!! We serve a Mighty God!
March 25, 2009
My soul just wants to reach out and touch you to say a "job well done!" So much love for your scholarship, statue and sensibilities. May the grace and love of God be with your spirit.
March 25, 2009
(From Will Franklin Davidson, Age 9)
He was a great man. I had a lot of fun fishing with him. He is one of the people I met when I was young and I'll remember forever. Love your friend,
Will

We miss you, John Hope. Andrew and Linda
March 25, 2009
thank you mr. franklin for your grace, captivating,and dynamic way you have giving all of us over the years, GOD BLESS DEAR SIR.
March 25, 2009
It was an honor and a privilege to have met Dr. Franklin on two occasions, with my first meeting at an ASALH conference. His contributions to history are invaluable to our past, present, and future.
March 25, 2009
John Hope Franklin was a wonderful, dedicated and inspirational man - a great gift to the world. May he rest in peace.
March 25, 2009
Mr. Franklin was an inspiration to all young and old seeking knowledge and truth. I was honored to have taken several black history classes that featured his books.
March 25, 2009
A great historian, a good friend, and a wonderful man. Thanks, John Hope, for everything.
March 25, 2009
Mr. Franklin spoke at my son's Commencement in 2006. He was the most dynamic and captivating speaker I have heard. What a gift to our world who will be truly missed.
March 25, 2009
Mr. Franklin, Thank You.
March 25, 2009
REST IN PEACE JUDGE HOPE FRANKLIN
March 25, 2009
I never met the "man" but the influence of his writings have been more than inspirational to me. I had a history instructor at Fayetteville State University who took Mr. Franklin's "From Slavery To Freedom" and chronicled the African American's contribution to the formation of this nation. His book was absolutely awesome. I just thank him for that writing and his genuine love for sharing history.
March 25, 2009
I never had the chance to meet Dr. Franklin in person, but I saw him on TV and he inspired me to go back to school, get my degree in History and tell the stories not yet told. Thank you, Dr. Franklin and my thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
March 25, 2009
As the family mourns John Hope Franklins' passing; thank you for sharing this extraordinary and blessed man with not only our nation, but the world.

May John Hope Franklin now rest in peace. He was a true servant.
March 25, 2009
Take care, Brother Franklin, as you enter our chapter of sweet rest.
March 25, 2009
Through his wisdom and forethought, he opened the eyes of many Americans as well as others around the world when it came to race relations and the true history of America. I never met him in person. I only had the pleasure of hearing his words of wisdom on television and now that he is gone from this earth, we must make sure that his voice is continued to be heard loud and clear. Thank you Dr. Franklin for everything you did and for all your lessons will do in the future. My deepest sympathy to your family and friends. Your light will shine brightly through us all.
March 25, 2009
Well done good and faithful servant...
March 25, 2009
Our world is better because of the invaluable work of Dr John Hope Franklin in helping move the history of a people from the shadows of ignorance into the sunlight where all can see and learn.
March 25, 2009
Dr. Franklin inspired us to learn about and consider an often ignored segment of world and American history. Had it not been for his influential work as a historian, scholar, and writer, much of the world would have remained clueless about African American life and development in the US. My sincerest condolences to Dr. Franklin's family.
March 25, 2009
MARCH 25, 2009. I have had the honor to interview Dr. Franklin several times. He was such a literary treasure and he gave the world a lasting gift.
March 25, 2009
I am a great admirer of Mr. Franklin and of his work. He truly represented our race, and, indeed, humanity, in the most outstanding way. His work, his words, his grace, and his elegance will never be forgotten.
March 25, 2009
We have loss a great treasure. I had the pleasue to watch him being interview many times. I was completely glued to the TV. He was one of a kind. Thank you Mr Franklin.
March 25, 2009
Thank You Dr. John Hope Franklin for everything you've done and May Our Lord Show you Mercy and Bless you.
March 25, 2009
To A Powerful Historian, you will be greatly missed. Great Legacy left behind. To God Be the Glory, Great Things He has Done. With Deepest Sympathy
March 25, 2009
I had the honor to meet and shake the hand of John Hope Franklin when he came to Oklahoma City to speak at the historical center couple of years ago. Being African-American it was amazing experience to hear what he had to share with us. He will be greatly missed but he left us with so much of his gift in books and recordings. I pray for his family and friends that the Lord will both comfort and give them peace.
March 25, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
March 25, 2009
I enjoyed your very beautiful orchids!
March 25, 2009
Thank you Dr. John Hope Franklin for paving the way for the African American people. Without your help with others, we will still be fighting even more. Thank You very much....I have done a few papers on the Brown v Board of Education in Topeka last year (2008) for my paralegal class and I learned a lot. Thank you again and again. May god bless your family and rest in peace! You will be missed.
March 25, 2009
I am happy to have known of Dr. Franklin,
March 25, 2009
John Hope Franklin was the world's preeminent historian of the African American experience. His presence will be missed, but his legacy will live on forever. Thank you, Professor Franklin, for your life and works.
March 25, 2009
John Hope Franklin was my hero. I met him at the National Book Festival in Washington and I had the opportunity to tell him how much I admired him. He will be missed by young writers, historians and people over all the world.
Shelia Moses
March 25, 2009
Thank you Lord for letting us have this man who spoke the truth about the South.

My deepest sympathy to the family.
March 25, 2009
I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. DR FRANKLIN IS AN INSPIRATION TO OUR COMMUNITY IN ATLANTA.
March 25, 2009
John Hope Franklin has been a constant inspiration to me throughout my life. All Americans should cherish the legacy he has left in his writings, speeches, interviews, and our memory of his unparalleled character. May God rest his beautiful soul.
March 25, 2009
One of the greatest moments of my life was when I met Dr. Franklin at the ASALH conference in Charlotte, NC in Oct 2007. We will miss him.
March 25, 2009
I met Mr. Franklin about 10 years ago as I was writing a memoir...I asked him for his advice. He said "Just tell the story!" I was so inspired and in awe of this gracious and intelligent man who has done so much to make this world a better place. Rest in peace, for you have indeed made this world a better place.
March 25, 2009
You will be greatly missed! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.
March 25, 2009
As a person intrested in history,I always wanted to meet this great man...Thank you for all that you gave to complete the total history of
mankind.My condolences to family and friends.
March 25, 2009
John Hope Franklin is an American hero. He will be missed and we will make sure his legacy continues to live on.
March 25, 2009
John Hope Franklin was not only a distinguished historian, but he was a great human being. He will be missed.

My deepest sympathy to the family.
March 25, 2009
Thanks to Mr. Franklin for his dedication
and contributions to America. To his family,know that the influence he has made is so widely and deeply appreciated
that we share your lost. But know, Heaven has a new historian in resident.
March 25, 2009
March 25, 2009
condolences. there are not enough words to express what Dr Franklin meant to the annals of history.
March 25, 2009
John Hope Franklin was an incredible man with a heart of gold. He will be missed by all who admired him.

Mary Lamar
Johnson C. Smith University
Class of '69
March 25, 2009
A giant has been lost today. Dr. Franklin spoke for those without a voice. He set the stage for academic freedom and respect for countly numbers of Black scholars, educators and students in America. Let us never forget his contributions and voice.
March 25, 2009
I had the great pleasure of meeting Dr. Franklin several years ago while waiting for a USAir flight once in Washington, D.C. I introduced myself and had a 30 minute conversation with him. He was a very, very nice man and he told me about his childhood and how he got to Duke. I definitely had the sense I was talking to a very kind, wise and great man of incredible insight, scholarship intelligence and humanity.
March 25, 2009
WOW! My mother was a native of Tulsa, OK and praised the brilliance of Dr. Franklin. He truly left a legacy that will never be forgotten.
March 25, 2009
He was not only a wonderful scholar, but a hero to many, many Americans. And rightfully so!
March 25, 2009
It is wonderful to know that real African American heros continued their quest to the end. By reading the brief summary of his life, he was a true hero, and should be commemorated with honor, such as a us postage stamp, schools renamed in his honor. As told in the article, he was very instrumnetal in the landmark Brown vs the Board of Education, and he should be honored. It is wonderful to read that there were some that lived to benefit others, and not self-centered, only thinking of themselves.

My prayers and thoughts are with his family, friends, and this nation that he so greatly served!
March 25, 2009
Addressing your painful loss,

Memories are God's gift to us. May the comfort found at John 5:28,29 bring you great relief. C&L Green - Marrero, LA 70072
March 25, 2009
This is indeed a great loss. Loved to hear him speak. His works inspired me to grasp history and increase the love I already had for it. Having gone to school in Durham, I always felt a connection to him. Whenever he appeared on educational television, I watched with eagerness,adoration and anticipation.Loved him. Loved him.
Good bless his family and friends.
March 25, 2009
I mourn the passing of Dr. John Hope Franklin who undoubtedly was one of the greatest historians of the age. My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and the community of scholars.
March 25, 2009
A true legend!
March 25, 2009
The Honorable John Hope Franklin was one of the finest human beings to be born. I'm proud to have had an opportunity to know him and receive wise counsel from such a brilliant man early in my life as a governing official. He'll be missed and the family remains in my thoughts and prayers for strength and understanding in such a time as this.

Patrick D. Cannon
Former Mayor Pro-Tem
City of Charlotte
March 25, 2009
Goodbye and thank you, John Hope Franklin. Experience and learning gave authority to your voice.

Thomas Cole, Charlotte, NC
March 25, 2009
to the family of John,
Our condolences to the family. May the God of comfort and tender mercies be with you all (2 Corinthians 1:4). With deep sympathy,
March 25, 2009
What an incredible loss for all Americans!
March 25, 2009
A true LION

A true genius
March 25, 2009
Although I never knew him personally, his life and works affected my life on many levels. COURAGE was his middle name.
March 25, 2009
John Hope Franklin's passing is a great loss to the academic world, and to society. A gifted historian, his work was inspiring.
March 25, 2009
A Great American Historian has died. May God be with his family at this time of sadness.
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