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Robert Franklin

James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership, Emory University and President Emeritus, Morehouse College

Dr. Franklin is a much-admired and influential leader, scholar, and teacher in higher education. He is President Emeritus of Morehouse College, where he served as the tenth president of the nation’s largest private, four-year liberal arts college for men from 2007 through 2012. He has served also on the faculties of the University of Chicago, Harvard Divinity School, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, and Emory University's Candler School of Theology, where he gained a national reputation as director of Black Church Studies. From 2004 to 2007, he was the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Emory University, where he provided leadership for a university-wide initiative titled “Confronting the Human Condition and the Human Experience” and was a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at the law school. Dr. Franklin is the author of four books: Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage, Imagination (forthcoming 2020); Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities (2007); Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis (1997); and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought (1990). He provides commentary for the National Public Radio (NPR) program “All Things Considered” and weekly commentary for Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting Television. Dr. Franklin has worked with three U.S. Presidents on various initiatives: President Clinton’s “One America” initiative, President Bush’s “Faith Based Advisory Committee,” and President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. Active in a range of organizations, he serves on the boards of the Salvation Army, the CNN Dialogues Advisory Committee, and NASA’s 100-year Starship Project Advisory Board, which is directed by former astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison.

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Forum 48:

The Genius of Black Colleges: What Every American Should Know

Robert Franklin

Held February 20, 2020

Includes video