LECTURE: Dr. John Hope Franklin, President Clinton’s Initiative on Race

Date of Event: March 11, 1998

Location: University of Mississippi

Dr. John Hope Franklin served as chairman for the advisory board of Bill Clinton’s One America: The President’s Initiative on Race in 1998. He is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History, and for seven years was Professor of Legal History in the Law School at Duke University. He is a native of Oklahoma and a graduate of Fisk University. He received the A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Harvard University. He has taught at a number of institutions, including Fisk University, St. Augustine’s College, North Carolina Central University, Howard University, Brooklyn College, and the University of Chicago.

Dr. Franklin’s speech preceded the Initiative on Race event in Oxford, MS, that occurred March 16-17, 1998. In his speech, he discusses his work with the Initiative on Race and his experiences across the country working on the Initiative.

More information about the Initiative on Race at the University of Mississippi can be found here, and general information on Clinton’s Initiative on Race here.

Dr. Franklin’s lecture:

The full lecture can also be viewed here.