Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Franklin Receives NAACP's Spingarn Award

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Franklin Receives NAACP's Spingarn Award

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Franklin Receives NAACP's Spingarn Award.

Noted historian and scholar, Dr. John Hope Franklin, was recently awarded the Spingarn Award, the NAACP's highest honor, at the group's annual convention in Minneapolis, MN.

For more than half a century, the 80-year-old Franklin has done much to advance the study of the South and of African-American history in both the academic community and in the popular press.

His landmark book, "From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans," placed African Americans, for the first time, in the evolution of American history.

Franklin's research on the South's militant culture resulted in a pioneering examination of the Southern psyche in books such as "The Militant South, -1800-1860" and "Reconstruction After the Civil War."

In 1935, Franklin became the first graduate of a historically Black institution to be admitted to Harvard University for graduate studies. Franklin later accepted a professorship at Howard University in 1947 where he continued his research on Southern history.

As a Howard professor, he confronted segregated seating in archives and libraries and exclusion from restrooms, hotels and restaurants in some parts of Washington, DC in the 1950s.

Franklin defended civil rights throughout his career. …

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