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John W. Franklin

Historian, Author and Senior Manager at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

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 John W. Franklin Biography

John W. Franklin is a specialist in the history and traditions of communities of the African Diaspora. A program manager and curator at the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Franklin has developed presentations on Senegal, the Bahamas, Cape Verde, and Washington, D.C., for the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

John W. Franklin has worked on African American, African and African Diaspora programs for the past 24 years at the Smithsonian. Initially, he served as researcher and French language interpreter for the Smithsonian’s African Diaspora program of the 1976 Bicentennial Folklife Festival while living and teaching English in Dakar, Senegal.

Franklin developed symposia and seminars for the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies from 1987-1992. At the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage he curated Smithsonian Folklife Festival programs on the Bahamas (1994), Cape Verdean Culture (1995), Washington, D.C. (2000) and Mali (2003).

Franklin served on the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture from 1998 to 2008 and the board of the Reginald Lewis Maryland Museum of African American History and Culture from 2000 to 2009.

He served on the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies from 2003-2011. He edited, My Life and an Era: the Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin with his father, John Hope Franklin.

For the 2012 African Diaspora Heritage Trail conference Mr. Franklin speaks on the topic “Linking Museums to the Places of History and Culture.” The history of Africa and its children in the Diaspora remains hidden and obscured. Daily we walk past places where our history unfolded and see no historic markers of what occurred there. For example in Washington, D.C., my office stands at an intersection where from 1800 to 1862 two private jails held enslaved Africans newly arrived at a pier on the Potomac River several streets away. These men, women and children built Washington, D.C. including the White House and the United States Capitol building. It is imperative that museums be linked to the places where history occurred. Our museums must retrace these steps of the past and tell our children, neighbors and colleagues where our ancestors lived, worked, worshipped and died. This session will explore strategies to develop relationships between museums and historic and cultural sites in the United States, The Americas, The Caribbean, Africa and Europe.

With his father, John Hope Franklin, he co-edited "My Life and An Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin." He also served as advisor on the documentary film, "Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace."

Since his retirement in 2019, John Franklin established Franklin Global LLC, to continue to lecture on cultural issues and consult with cultural and educational institutions. He currently serves on the French President’s Commission for the Memory of Slavery and the Slave Trade. He works closely with UNESCO’s Slave Route Project, developing conferences on the contemporary impact of slavery. For the past several years, he has focused on the legacy of slavery at American universities and is currently advising Davidson’s College’s Race and Slavery at Davidson Commission. As we move through 2021, he is engaged in discussions in Tulsa, Oklahoma on facets of the commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, which his grandfather survived.

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John W. Franklin

Historian, Author and Senior Manager at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

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John W. Franklin Biography

John W. Franklin is a specialist in the history and traditions of communities of the African Diaspora. A program manager and curator at the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Franklin has developed presentations on Senegal, the Bahamas, Cape Verde, and Washington, D.C., for the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

John W. Franklin has worked on African American, African and African Diaspora programs for the past 24 years at the Smithsonian. Initially, he served as researcher and French language interpreter for the Smithsonian’s African Diaspora program of the 1976 Bicentennial Folklife Festival while living and teaching English in Dakar, Senegal.

Franklin developed symposia and seminars for the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies from 1987-1992. At the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage he curated Smithsonian Folklife Festival programs on the Bahamas (1994), Cape Verdean Culture (1995), Washington, D.C. (2000) and Mali (2003).

Franklin served on the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture from 1998 to 2008 and the board of the Reginald Lewis Maryland Museum of African American History and Culture from 2000 to 2009.

He served on the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies from 2003-2011. He edited, My Life and an Era: the Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin with his father, John Hope Franklin.

For the 2012 African Diaspora Heritage Trail conference Mr. Franklin speaks on the topic “Linking Museums to the Places of History and Culture.” The history of Africa and its children in the Diaspora remains hidden and obscured. Daily we walk past places where our history unfolded and see no historic markers of what occurred there. For example in Washington, D.C., my office stands at an intersection where from 1800 to 1862 two private jails held enslaved Africans newly arrived at a pier on the Potomac River several streets away. These men, women and children built Washington, D.C. including the White House and the United States Capitol building. It is imperative that museums be linked to the places where history occurred. Our museums must retrace these steps of the past and tell our children, neighbors and colleagues where our ancestors lived, worked, worshipped and died. This session will explore strategies to develop relationships between museums and historic and cultural sites in the United States, The Americas, The Caribbean, Africa and Europe.

With his father, John Hope Franklin, he co-edited "My Life and An Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin." He also served as advisor on the documentary film, "Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace."

Since his retirement in 2019, John Franklin established Franklin Global LLC, to continue to lecture on cultural issues and consult with cultural and educational institutions. He currently serves on the French President’s Commission for the Memory of Slavery and the Slave Trade. He works closely with UNESCO’s Slave Route Project, developing conferences on the contemporary impact of slavery. For the past several years, he has focused on the legacy of slavery at American universities and is currently advising Davidson’s College’s Race and Slavery at Davidson Commission. As we move through 2021, he is engaged in discussions in Tulsa, Oklahoma on facets of the commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, which his grandfather survived.

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  • John W. Franklin on "Slavery & Freedom: Monticello and the NMAAHC"
  • Why Is There Global Interest in Tulsa's Race Relations?

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  • How much does it cost to book John W. Franklin?

    Booking fees for John W. Franklin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John W. Franklin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for John W. Franklin?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John W. Franklin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John W. Franklin for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John W. Franklin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John W. Franklin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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    Why Is There Global Interest in Tulsa's Race Relations?

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