RIP John Hope Franklin
J called me up at work last night to tell me that John Hope Franklin passed away. He was 94 years old.
Franklin was a scholar and historian. His seminal work, From Slavery to Freedom, was first published in 1947 and been repeatedly updated. It has sold over a million copies.
Franklin also worked on the Brown V board of Education case, helping Thurgood Marshall research laws to help strike down the “separate but equal” rule.
“Because of the life John Hope Franklin lived, the public service he rendered, and the scholarship that was the mark of his distinguished career, we all have a richer understanding of who we are as Americans and our journey as a people,” Obama said in a statement. “Dr. Franklin will be deeply missed, but his legacy is one that will surely endure.”