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Speaker: John Hope Franklin
Event Date: September 30, 2006
Running Time: 02:06

Historian John Hope Franklin, who passed away at the age of 94 on March 25, 2009, appeared at the National Book Festival in 2006. He shares some insights into the value of celebrating books.

“It [National Book Festival] stimulates the mind.”

Speaker Biography:
John Hope Franklin was the author and editor of 17 books, including the best-selling "From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans" and his autobiography, “Mirror to America,” which he completed as the first distinguished visiting scholar at the Library of Congress under the John W. Kluge Endowment. Franklin was a professor at Duke University and the recipient of many honors, including the Jefferson Medal, the Charles Frankel Prize, the NAACP's Spingarn Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.