ABOUT FRANKLIN GLOBAL
Franklin Global is uniquely positioned to assist your organization and key stakeholders (staff, board, customers or clients) in bettering understanding the complex history of race in the United States and the Americas.
Launched in 2019 by renowned cultural historian and scholar, John W. Franklin, Franklin Global provides you with unparalleled insights and sound advice on the intertwined history of race and the overlapping cultures (African American, Latinx, Asian-American) in the United States and the Americas in ways more accessible and inspiring to people of all ages and professional interests.
John Franklin’s distinguished career and standing as a global authority on the African American experience was inspired by his father, the groundbreaking historian John Hope Franklin. A prolific scholar of African American history, John Hope Franklin greatly advanced knowledge and understanding about slavery and Reconstruction while also helping to further the civil rights struggle.
The various distinguished roles and personal journeys of John’s father, grandfather Attorney Buck Colbert Franklin and ancestors (from scholar, educator, civil right lawyers, judge to a former slave) span more than a century and have guided the mission and work of Franklin Global. The Franklin family legacy has also significantly shaped Franklin Global’s foundational commitment to helping its clients interpret and navigate the struggle of equality facing all people and illuminating how the African American experience has shaped and continues to shape the Americas.
Reared on the campus of Howard University, Karen Roberts Franklin, was exposed to medicine through her father, Dr. James E. Roberts. She began working in his Obstetrics Gynecology office at the age of twelve. Both fathers were university professors and both mothers, Aurelia Whittington Franklin and Sylvesta Roach Roberts, were librarians.
Having worked in the corporate, health and real estate sectors, Karen brings a unique perspective and first-hand understanding of the historic discrimination and disparities that have confronted the African American community in those industry sectors. Karen is an advocate for equity and an advisor to all generations and diverse organizations on the many distinct business challenges facing the black community.
There is greater thirst today for more knowledge about the African American journey and issues of equality throughout the Americas. Racial disparities still abound. Racism continues to destroy the lives and livelihoods of far too many people through criminal injustice, lack of healthcare, under-employment, inadequate education, immigration policies, poor housing, etc. Too many of us have been taught too little or only curated parts of our shared history with African American, Asian American and Latinx cultures. Many individuals and organizations are realizing they need to access to more resources – deeper expertise, information and analyses –to gain a deeper perspective about the evolving African American journey in order to advance in our challenging times.
That journey of greater awareness, understanding and connection is a pathway Franklin Global is uniquely qualified to illuminate and pave for its clients.
Get inspired as John W. Franklin speaks at a Thomas Jefferson's Monticello event and explains Slavery & Freedom.
Watch John W. Franklin converse with Scott Pelley
Uncovering the Greenwood Massacre
CBS 60 Minutes Special
Watch John W. Franklin presenting to the
National Association of Attorneys General Presidential Summit, Washington, DC.