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Howard University Hosts Symposium honoring the Legacy of Dr. John Hope Franklin

WASHINGTON (March 11, 2010) - Howard University will host a two-day symposium from April 8-10, to honor Dr. John Hope Franklin, a distinguished faculty member who made many significant contributions to African American history, as well as civil and human rights.

The program will include keynote addresses by Harvard scholars Evelyn Brooks-Higginbotham, Ph.D. and Professor Charles Ogletree; Mary Frances Berry, Ph,D., University of Pennsylvania; and Ronald E. Walters, Ph.D., professor emeritus at University of Maryland-College Park. A series of panel discussions will highlight Dr. Franklin’s pioneering efforts in archives and Black historical collections, and his impact on international interpretations of American history. Visit the conference Web site for more details.

Dr. Franklin joined the Howard University faculty in 1947. During his tenure as a professor he became a member of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund team, which developed the sociological case for Brown v. Board of Education that ended the legal segregation of Black and White children in public schools. He was best known for his prolific writing, including: From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans; The Militant South, 1800-1860 (1956); The Emancipation Proclamation (1963); Racial Equality in America (1976); Race and History: Selected Essays,1938-1988 (1990); The Color Line: Legacy for the 21st Century (1993). He died in March 2009 from congestive heart failure.

Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, 21 Fulbright Scholars and 10 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information about Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at


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