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John Hope Franklin, RIP by David Evans
« on: March 25, 2009, 06:53:47 pm »

The renowned historian, John Hope Franklin
(Harvard Ph.D. 1941), died today (3/25/09) of
congestive heart failure at Duke University
Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.  He was
ninety-four years old and left a legacy of
scholarship and advocacy for civil and human
rights that combined the erudition and audacity
of two of his heroes:  W. E. B. DuBois and Frederick Douglass.

Having lived through the notorious 1921 Tulsa
Race Riot in his native Oklahoma and also long
enough to witness Barack Obama’s inauguration as
President of the United States, John Hope
Franklin was more than a scholar of history, he WAS history.

He was one of those rare human beings where the
“Why of his death?” is so diminished by the “What
of his life?” that we never associated him with
an “end.”  Somehow we thought that John Hope
Franklin would go on forever.  Maybe we were
confusing his humanity and prodigious scholarship
with his mortality.  Such is understandable (and
maybe not far off) to those who followed his extraordinary life.

  Psalms 90:10 states that “The days of our years
are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of
strength they be fourscore years…”

Well, John Hope Franklin was blessed with FOURSCORE AND FOURTEEN years!!

Need I say  more?