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About John Hope Franklin@100: Scholar, Activist, Citizen

January 2, 2015 marks the 100th birthday of Dr. John Hope Franklin. In his nearly seventy years as a historian, Franklin was a modern day renaissance man with a wide range of professional and personal interests. Duke University celebrated his life throughout 2015 with a number of programs designed to highlight Dr. Franklin's influnce on our society today.

Gallery Exhibition

Franklin Imprint

John Hope Franklin: Imprint of an American Scholar

Location: Chappel Family Gallery, William R. Perkins Library

Dates: December 16-May 18, 2015

Digital Resources

Global Slaveries/Impossible Freedoms: The Intellectual Legacies of John Hope Franklin

Dates: Novemer 5-7, 2015

"Celebrating John Hope Franklin's Legacies" - Duke Today

Dr. Drew Faust, President, Harvard University, keynote address

Dr. Angela Davis, Professor Emeritus, UC Santa Cruz, keynote address

Lorna Simpson, keynote address

Franklin Research Center Events


Life and Legacy of John Hope Franklin Lunch and Learn

Date: Monday, January 12, 2015

Location: Durham County Library, Stanford L. Warren Branch

Time: 12:00 PM

Franklin Research Center director, John B. Gartrell discusses the scholarly research, academic journey and personal life of Dr. John Hope Franklin.

Event sponsored by the Friends of Stanford L. Warren Branch Library and North Carolina Central Department of History

Jordan and Franklin

John Hope Franklin: Imprint of an American Scholar, Exhibit Opening Reception

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Location: Von der Heyden Pavillion, Perkins Library

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Join us to commemorate the 100th birthday of Dr. John Hope Franklin and celebrate the opening of the library exhibition, John Hope Franklin: Imprint of an American Scholar.

Keynote Speaker: Honorable Vernon E. Jordan

Aurelia Franklin

Reflections on Aurelia Whittington Franklin

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015

Location: Durham County Library Main Branch, 300 N. Roxboro Street

Time: 3:00 PM

A native of Goldsboro, NC, Aurelia Whittington Franklin worked alongside her husband at North Carolina College of Negroes as a professional librarian in the 1940s and was revered for her spirit and warmth throughout her life. A distinguished panel of close friends and family, moderated by her daughter, Mrs. Karen Franklin, will reflect on her professional life, personal relationships, and marriage to John Franklin for fifty-nine years.


JHF in China

John Hope Franklin: The Global Scholar

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Location: John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies

Time: 12:00 PM

As part of the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies' Wednesdays@the Center series, John B. Gartrell, director of the Franklin Research Center will be delivering a lecture on the international influence and scholarship of Dr. John Hope Franklin. This archival presentation will highlight how Franklin's travels to nearly thirty countries in the course of his career made him one of the most influential responsible for sharing the history of the United States and African Americans around the globe.