Until his death in March 2009, Dr. John Hope Franklin was one of the most renowned historians of his time and the author of many books, including the landmark "From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans." An activist as well as scholar, he worked with Thurgood Marshall to strike down segregation in the Brown v. Board of Education case and marched with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. His writing helped to overturn earlier histories which rationalized Jim Crow, slavery, and white supremacy. He became the first African-American to chair a history department at Brooklyn College, and the first African-American president of the American Historical Association. President Bill Clinton awarded the Medal of Freddom to Franklin and appointed him to the Advisory Board to the President's Initiative on Race. His writing was a harbinger and agent of change in the continuing struggle for equality in the United States. 

In this podcast, esteemed historian, Dr. John Hope Franklin discusses intercollegiate athletics, race, and higher education (December 5, 1989).

LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College/ CUNY
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