It is with deep sorrow that Fisk University announces the loss of one of the nation’s preeminent historians and humanitarians, Dr. John Hope Franklin, Class of 1935 and Chairman Emeritus of the Fisk University Board of Trustees.
Dr. Franklin was preceded in death by his wife and professional associate, Aurelia W. Franklin, Fisk Class of 1935. After graduating from Fisk, Dr. Franklin matriculated to Harvard University, the first African-American graduate student to be admitted unconditionally to a graduate program. In 1941, he earned his doctorate in history from Harvard.
Dr. Franklin earned international honors for his humanitarian contributions, as well as, his distinguished career as a professor, historical researcher, author and editor. For an extensive biography, click here.
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The Fisk University Blog will post more details as they become available on the memorial service at the Fisk Memorial Chapel that will be announced next week.
In lieu of flowers and other expressions of sympathy, the family has requested that contributions be made to Fisk University and directed to the Aurelia W. and John Hope Franklin Endowed Scholarship Fund at the following address:
Office of Institutional Advancement
Aurelia W. and John Hope Franklin Endowed Scholarship Fund
1000 Seventeenth Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37208