He embodies the native optimism, i. Duke Professor Emeritus at Duke University, remains an active public speaker and writer. I felt proud that a fellow Tulsan had achieved such unprecedented success. Their only child, John Whittington Franklin, was born August 24, 1952. Franklin led an amazing life and had an amazing mind.
John Hope Franklin was a rock; he was loyal to his friends. His wisdom never ceased to amaze me and encouraged me to find healing in pursuing more knowledge, both scholarly and also an awareness of the human experience, to combat the social injustices I witness and lived everyday. I know Cambridge from a later era, but Franklin had to rent a room from a Black family that rented to people of his race. Intimate, at times revelatory, Mirror to America chronicles Franklin's life and this nation's racial transformation in the twentieth century, and is a powerful reminder of the extent to which the problem of America remains the problem of color. He has inspired his students for decades; now, with Mirror to America, he offers inspiration to us all. I was amazed at Franklin's ability to remember all those names over the years of his life.
Intimate, at times revelatory, Mirror to America chronicles Franklin's life and this nation's racial transformation in the twentieth century, and is a powerful reminder of the extent to which the problem of America remains the problem of color. It had never happened before that a person of color had chaired a major history department. It dug at the very heart of what seems to me to be the persistence and consistency of racism in the United States. But Franklins participation was much more fundamental than that. Born in 1915, he, like every other African American, could not help but participate: he was evicted from whites-only train cars, confined to segregated schools, threatened—once with lynching—and consistently subjected to racisms denigration of his humanity. Born when Woodrow Wilson was president and life for African Americans was a cruel and uphill struggle, Franklin bravely challenged the barriers of race from openly sparing with Franklin D. His tremendous academic and service-oriented output are astounding.
Yet, his father preserved, which is a model for Franklin. So that one of the great challenges when I began to consider writing my autobiography was the collecting of materials that would give me the information that I needed to work on the autobiography. His analytical and cool nature matched well with the forces of racism and inequality he pushed against. He has inspired his students for decades; now, with Mirror to America, he offers inspiration to us all. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University Synopsis John Hope Franklin lived through Americas most defining twentieth-century transformation, the dismantling of legally protected racial segregation.
Long before I realized that I was going to become a historian, I had trashed everything as it came to me--the letters from my mother and my father when I was in college. I'll grant that the reason could be more with the place I am in life's path but it was the perfect book to me. Mirror to America is cause for a national celebration. Someone of his stature is pulled in many directions, but he remains committed to scholarship and teaching. Franklin weaves all that and more throughout his well-written and detailed autobiography.
Franklin's prose is impeccable and impressive. Ultimately, I was left feeling equal amounts of hope and despair in regards to the current state of race in America. From 1947 to 1956, he taught at. Truly one of th I had the privilege of hearing Frankly speak once, when he was on a book tour for this book. Franklin gives us a fascinating view of the civil rights movement from the inside, but with the analytical bent of a professional academic. It gave an interesting and clear view of the development of one of the most impressive historians of our time over a period of some seventy years.
He was willing to share his insights with others. Born in 1915, he, like every other African American, could not help but participate: he was evicted from whites-only train cars, confined to segregated schools, threatened—once with lynching—and consistently subjected to racism's denigration of his humanity. From his effort in 1934 to hand President Franklin Roosevelt a petition calling for action in response to the Cordie Cheek lynching, to his 1997 appointment by President Clinton to head the President's Initiative on Race, and continuing to the present, Franklin has influenced with determination and dignity the nation's racial conscience. Delegation to the General Conference, 1980. John Hope Franklin was my mentor and his impact in my life was life-saving.
Whether aiding Thurgood Marshalls preparation for arguing Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, marching to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, or testifying against Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987, Franklin has pushed the national conversation on race toward humanity and equality, a life long effort that earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 1995. Again, Franklin thrives and works with many graduate students. A renowned scholar, he has explored that transformation in its myriad aspects, notably in his 3. I felt like I got to know him, the man, every so slightly in a personally way.