Wednesday, March 25, 2009

John Hope Franklin, 1915-2009

"The eminent historian John Hope Franklin died today at the age of 94," commences an obituary on the Chronicle of Higher Education's website. The Chronicle's notice continues:
Mr. Franklin graduated from Fisk University in 1935 and earned a doctorate in history at Harvard University. In his long career, he taught at St. Augustine’s College, North Carolina Central University, Brooklyn College, and the University of Chicago. In 1983 he moved to Duke University, which today published a tribute to his life and career.

In 1948 Mr. Franklin served as an expert witness on behalf of Lyman T. Johnson, whose federal lawsuit against the University of Kentucky resulted in the desegregation of that institution.
More from the Chronicle here. The New York Times's notice is here. Duke University's extensive webpage on Professor Franklin is here.