Inaugural Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture to be Held at TU Oct. 10

Monday, July 31, 2000

Published on 7/31/00

The University of Tulsa College of Law will host the Inaugural Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. John Hope Franklin, the son of Buck C. Franklin, will present “Buck C. Franklin, Race and the Practice of Law in 20th Century Oklahoma.” The program will be held in TU’s Allen Chapman Activity Center, located at Fifth Place and Florence Avenue.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is named in honor of one of the first black attorneys in Oklahoma, Buck Colbert Franklin, who played a critical role as an attorney in representing victims of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

John Hope Franklin, a nationally recognized author, scholar and humanitarian, is the James B. Duke Professor of History Emeritus at Duke University. He was the chairman for the advisory board of the Presidential Commission on Race Relations and was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

Franklin is a native of Oklahoma, a graduate of Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School and holds degrees from Fisk University and Harvard University.

Perhaps best known for his study “From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans,” Franklin has also authored many other books including “The Militant South,” “Reconstruction After the Civil War,” “Racial Equality in America,” and he co-edited with his son, John Whittington Franklin, “My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin.”

Franklin served as the historical consultant on Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film “Amistad,” and was featured in “First Person Singular: John Hope Franklin,” a PBS work chronicling his life. He appeared with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the PBS documentary “Race and Reconciliation: A Journey Towards Peace,” and will be featured in WCNC’s “Biographical Conversations,” a more than 10-hour interview scheduled for broadcast this year.

The recipient of more than 100 honorary degrees, is visiting the TU College of Law as the Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, October 10 - 11, 2000.

For more information on the Franklin lecture, please call Rita Langford at 631-2560.

The Buck Colbert Franklin lecture is part of TU’s 2000-2001 Presidential Lecture Series. Other speakers in the series include Barry Munitz, the president and chief executive officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust, who will speak on March 21 and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, who will present the Inaugural Darcy O’Brien Lecture on April 25.

For additional information on the Presidential Lecture Series, contact the Office of the President at (918) 631-3189.