September 15, 2007
Bart and Caroline Haynes hosted the Student National Medical Association for a dinner and evening of conversation with one of the preeminent historians in America, Dr. John Hope Franklin. Dr. Franklin is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History, and for seven years was Professor of Legal History in the Law School at Duke University. He is best known for his work From Slavery to Freedom, first published in 1947, and continuously updated. More than three million copies have been sold. In 1995, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
During the evening conversation, Dr. Franklin told the medical students of his trials as a Harvard graduate student, and how he overcame bias and bigotry to succeed inhis career. He reminded the students that to see US history clearly, that it is important to continually revise what is in the history books to reflect the truth about past events. Noting the poor record that the US has for social justice and care for all members of society, he challenged the students to work hard on behalf of a just society that cares for all members of the community. The students were both inspired and challenged by Dr. Franklin's career, his comments and his dedication to social justice in the US.