R.I.P. John Hope Franklin

As the best closing arguments are usually the best stories, I must join the Volokh Conspiracy in celebrating the life of John Hope Franklin: America’s greatest storyteller on race relations.  Not only did Franklin write the iconic From Slavery to Freedom and a litany of other great works, but he also served as a federal witness in a case that desegregated the University of Kentucky and helped Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in crafting arguments in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education.

Walter Dellinger has a fitting rememberance of Franklin in the Washington Post.

John Hope Franklin, who died yesterday at 94, was one of the most remarkable Americans of the 20th century. He was the master of the great American story of that century, the story of race. John Hope wrote it, he taught it, and he lived it.

Talking Points Memo has a great photo tribute here.

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