Duke University Celebrates John Hope Franklin's 100th Birthday
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Duke University Celebrates John Hope Franklin’s 100th Birthday

Civil Rights activist John Hope Franklin Ph.D. (Image: visionthought.com)

Duke University announced that it is continuing to celebrate the 100th birthday of Civil Rights legend John Hope Franklin, Ph.D. The yearlong tribute includes a lecture by famous historian Thomas C. Holt, a three-day academic symposium, and the world premiere of a musical number.

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The celebrations kick off Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m., when Holt will deliver John Hope Franklin @100: Scholar, Activist, Citizen. The lecture is open and free to the public to attend.

History professor Thavolia Glymph will be leading a discussion on the history of black refugees at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Duke Law School. The following day at 8:00 p.m., Duke Performances is going to be presenting the premiere of Frederic Rzewski’s “Sometimes.” The composition is in honor of Franklin.

The tributes will continue in November as well, including a presentation by members of the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation Inc. on Nov.4 and the three-day symposium from Nov. 5-7. The celebrations also represent major events in U.S. history, such as the Civil War. For more information on any of the events or to purchase tickets, click here.