Historian John Hope Franklin, 1915-2009

April 2nd, 2009

John Hope Franklin, America’s preeminent scholar of African-American history, and a pioneer in breaking many color barriers, died this past week at age 94. Franklin made frequent appearances on PBS, especially in the last few years of his life, adding his scholarship and personal perspectives to many history programs.


John Hope Franklin in 1941

* Tutu and Franklin, a Journey Towards Peace (2001)
Transcript of Franklin interview with Desmond Tutu

* Interview with Tavis Smiley, 2006 (video, transcript)

* John Hope Franklin in Ken Burns’ The War, 2007
(video & photos)

* John Hope Franklin interviewed in American Experience: Fisk Jubilee Singers, Sacrifice and Glory, 1999

* Franklin on Newshour:
Interviewed by Gwen Ifill, 2006
discussing ‘One America’, President Clinton’s program about race in America, 1997

* Charlie Rose: Franklin appeared on Charlie Rose 5 times in the past 10 years, and Charlie Rose will have a tribute to Franklin on his show on April 2, 2009.

See all interviews here, or watch Franklin talk about his life and autobiography, 2005: