I submit this in memory of Dr. John Hope Franklin
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Historian, Scholar and Author Dr. John Hope Franklin’s journey towards peace came to an end. Many people who read this blog regularly may understand my interest and why I give such importance of this noble and distinguished man.
Over the past year I’ve found myself becoming increasingly interested in following the worn path Dr. Franklin walked.
Many decades before I was born Dr. Franklin was among the notables in academia. In interest of space and time I will not list them all, but strongly encourage you to visit the long list of Honors & Appointments provided by one of the last institution that was fortunate to have his attendance, Duke University.
Dr. Franklin and a few others of his stature are sources of inspiration and encouragement to someone like me that even I can walk a similar academic path. A path that appears impossible at the moment, but to walk the path of people such as Dr. John Hope Franklin, Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, Rep. John Lewis and many others allows me to be hopeful that even I can achieve similar heights.
I guess my admiration stems from a personal zeal and adherence to history, culture, race relations and reconciliation. The tremendous respect that I have for Dr. Franklin will not be silence by the sorrow of his passing, because just like his name he continues to lend Hope.
Hope by example of his life’s works and deeds. Hope is not bound to the self defeating adversities that were socially accepted by many throughout the length of his life. I am encouraged and choose to accept the spirit of Hope as inspiration and motivation to seek the intellectual tools that enables the willingness to “…be out there on the firing line, helping, directing or doing something to try to make this a better world, a better place to live.”
As many reflect on the life of Mr. John Hope Franklin I want those who may not know much or anything about Dr. Franklin to consider the urgent need to re-examine our own history. “I think knowing one’s history leads one to act in a more enlightened fashion. I can not imagine how knowing one’s history would not urge one to be an activist.” – DR. JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN
So I leave with my favorite quote by Dr. John Hope Franklin, “”The very essence of the life of the mind is the freedom to inquire, to examine, and to criticize. But that freedom has the same restraints abroad that it has at home: to state one’s position, if impelled by personal conviction, with clarity, reason, and sobriety, always mindful of the point that the scholar recognizes and tolerates different views that others may hold and that his view is independent, not official.“
Finally, I say thank you Dr. Franklin for giving this young man hope.
If interested, I invite you to follow the thoughts, ideas and suggestions expressed on this blog by clicking here to subscribe to this blog and/or following me on twitter. I appreciate your time and interest. Enjoy.
References & Inspirations NPR: Tell Me More – 03/26/09 “John Hope Franklin Dies, Leaves Guiding Light” Duke University “John Hope Franklin” Google Search – Books by John Hope Franklin Fisk University Blog – 03/25/09 “Fisk Remembers Dr. John Hope Franklin”