Panel offers tribute to Franklin

April 15, 2009 1:02 p.m.

A panel of Princeton scholars will pay tribute to John Hope Franklin, the groundbreaking historian and African American studies pioneer, at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in 101 Friend Center.

Franklin, who died in March at age 94, wrote what is considered the seminal text on the African American experience, "From Slavery to Freedom," and produced research that influenced the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, which desegregated the nation's public schools. Franklin was a professor emeritus of history at Duke University at the time of his death.

The panel will include: Cornel West, the Class of 1943 University Professor in African American Studies; Tera Hunter, professor of history and African American studies; Emily Mann, artistic director of the McCarter Theatre; and Stanley Katz, lecturer with the rank of professor in public and international affairs. The discussion will be moderated by Joshua Guild, assistant professor of history and African American studies.

The event is sponsored by the Center for African American Studies, the Department of History and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.