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John Hope Franklin, Black Scholar and Activist, Is Dead at 94

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Originally posted on Double Consciousness.

John Hope Franklin

I can’t believe I didn’t catch this sooner, it wasn’t until I read it today on As’ad AbuKhalil’s blog.

John Hope Franklin, a prolific scholar of African-American history who profoundly influenced thinking about slavery and Reconstruction while helping to further the civil rights struggle, died Wednesday in Durham, N.C. He was 94.

In an article in The Atlantic Monthly in 2007, he wrote, “If the American idea was to fight every war from the beginning of colonization to the middle of the 20th century with Jim Crow armed forces, in the belief that this would promote the American idea of justice and equality, then the American idea was an unmitigated disaster and a denial of the very principles that this country claimed as its rightful heritage.” (Read the rest of the obituary here)

Civil Rights Protest, 1965Images from:
Sam Litzinger
New York Times

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