March 26, 2009 | News from the Chancellor
The City University of New York mourns the death of Dr. John Hope Franklin, one of our nation’s preeminent historians and civil rights advocates.
Dr. Franklin’s innumerable scholarly contributions, including his book “From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans,” and his powerful voice on behalf of social and racial justice, including his work on the President’s Initiative on Race, have had a profound impact on generations of Americans.
CUNY remembers with great pride and gratitude Dr. Franklin’s historic contributions to the University, particularly his distinguished service as professor and chair of the history department at Brooklyn College, keynote speaker at the University’s first Black Male Initiative Conference, and ardent supporter of many programs across CUNY. With his appointment at Brooklyn College, he became the country’s first black department chair at a college other than a Historically Black College or University.
Throughout his long and illustrious career, Dr. Franklin remained a precise and unflinching historian, always reminding us, as he did in his autobiography, “Mirror to America,” of the lessons to be learned from history: “Our society as a whole and the fate of the least among us are inextricably woven together.”
On behalf of the University, I extend our deepest sympathy to Dr. Franklin’s family and friends.