Dr. John Hope Franklin

– Durham, NC
Civil rights activist

A fascinating storyteller — particularly from the African American perspective — Franklin recalled Raleigh in 1939 where he lived while researching his dissertation, and what North Carolina was like prior to World War II. With the outbreak of war and his subsequent attempt to enlist in the Navy, he was shocked at being told he was simply the wrong color to work in administration but rather, could expect to be assigned as a steward or cook. From that point on, an indignant, determined Franklin not only vowed to fight the draft but also the double standard that permeated life in the South. Great insight into the “Double V” campaign which advocated for African American rights here at home while African Americans fought for America’s freedom overseas.