John Hope Franklin on Obama

John Hope Franklin, a pro­lif­ic his­to­ri­an who shaped our under­stand­ing of the African-Amer­i­can expe­ri­ence and influ­enced the Civ­il Rights move­ment, died last week at 94. He was the grand­son of a slave, and knew the Jim Crow South first­hand. Above, we see him talk­ing just last sum­mer about the nom­i­na­tion of Barack Oba­ma, and whether he ever thought he’d live to see this day.


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