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Rev. Jesse Jackson Reflects on the Life of John Hope Franklin

March 25, 2009

The preeminent voice and witness for America's sojourn from slavery to freedom has been silenced physically; but his writings, research, interpretation and legacy will live forever. I talked with him as a student and walked the University of Chicago campus with him. He was who I went to first for advice and counsel. All of his students felt that we were his prize possession. He made us feel that way. In the family of American historians he sits in a high seat and occupies a high place.

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