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The Long March for Civil Rights in America

Lecture Tangier Forum for Global Studies Lecture Series

Robert M. Franklin

Robert Michael Franklin

The effort to provide full citizenship rights for all Americans has been a continuous struggle from the origins of the nation. The struggle intensified during the decades of the 1950s and 1960s. Those rights were officially acknowledged in 1965 and Martin Luther King Jr. emerged as a symbol of the long march for civil rights. We will review the history of that long march and illustrate the role of culture, interfaith religious cooperation, and technology in establishing full civil rights for all.


Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr. is the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor of Moral Leadership at Emory University (Atlanta) and Director of the Religion Department of the Chautauqua Institution. In 2014, he served as Senior Advisor for Community and Diversity, Emory University (Atlanta).  In 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. He is president emeritus of Morehouse College where he served as the tenth president of the nation’s largest private, four-year liberal arts college for men from 2007 through 2012.

Franklin is the author of three books: Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities (2007); Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis (1997); and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought (1990). He has co-authored (Don S. Browning, et. al.) a volume titled, From Culture Wars to Common Ground: Religion and the American Family Debate (2001). He also penned the foreword to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, Letter from Birmingham Jail, reprinted by Trinity Forum in 2012. 

Assigned Reading

Robert M. Franklin, Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities (2007)

Robert Franklin Event Poster
3:00 PM US EST
Tangier Campus Auditorium

Tangier Campus

Free and open to the public