John Franklin

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FRANKLIN--John Hope. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences mourns the passing of John Hope Franklin, a distinguished Fellow for forty-four years. Renowned historian and teacher, ardent defender of civil rights, and dedicated adviser to presidents, he worked throughout his life to create One America. He was a courageous yet gentle man whose seminal scholarship and quiet actions reshaped our understanding of the nation. A grandson of a slave, he continued to champion the cause of racial equality--with patience, determination, and dignity--well into his ninth decade. We will miss him as both a monumental American figure and as an active colleague and friend of the Academy. Emilio Bizzi, President Louis Cabot, Chair of the Academy Trust and Vice President Jerrold Meinwald, Secretary Steven Marcus, Editor Leslie Berlowitz, Chief Executive Officer

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 27, 2009
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