Historian John Hope Franklin celebrates 90th birthday in D.C.

Jet Magazine, May 2005


Friends and colleagues of Dr. John Hope Franklin celebrated the famed historian's 90th birthday recently at a Washington, D.C., gala.

The Washington Interdependence Council that Franklin chairs sponsored the event.


D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and EBONY Magazine Executive Editor Emeritus Lerone Bennett Jr. were among the dignitaries present at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.


Juan Williams, columnist and host of "America's Black Forum," served as the master of ceremonies, and noted harpist Wendy Willis was a part of the evening's entertainment.


Called a living legend and national treasure, Franklin is probably best known for his book From Slavery to Freedom: a History of African-Americans. Written in 1947, the book is now in its eighth edition.


Franklin's other works include The Militant South, Racial Equality in America and Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation. He has served on many national and international commissions, boards and delegations, as well as the historical consultant for Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated film Amistad.


The Washington Interdependence Council is a non -profit civic organization authorized by Congress to erect a monument to Colonial American hero Benjamin Banneker.

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