When he was a young boy, John Hope Franklin’s parents taught him to believe that he could be the first African American president of the United States. He may not have reached that goal, but John Hope Franklin shined light into the corners of America’s shared racial history. Host Frank Stasio speaks with John Hope Franklin about his new autobiography “Mirror To America” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/2005) and his life as one of the 20th Century’s preeminent scholars. Listener Call-In. (59:00)
Note: This is a rebroadcast of a program that originally aired on Jan. 4, 2006.