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Storycorps: John Hope Franklin with son John W. Franklin

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

John Hope Franklin became a Boy Scout in the 1920s as scouting was first coming to children in the black community. One of his troop requirements was to do a good deed each day. At StoryCorps he tells his son John W. about the racism he endured at the hands of a blind white woman he had just helped across a street.


Originally aired March 27, 2009, on NPR’s Morning Edition.


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