I was very sad to learn of the passing of John Hope Franklin. I absolutely adored this man. A brilliant scholar and researcher. My introduction to Mr. Franklin came from a 2 hour segment of Booknotes. For two solid, commercial free hours I listened to him talk about his life and his accomplishments. For every obstacle he had put in front of him, he found a way to stomp right over it while staying true to himself. I can't begin to do justice to his life achievements, but found a couple of good starting points for learning more about them here and here.
I still smile when I remember learning that this great scholar still used index cards for notes and wrote his papers out in long hand. John Hope Franklin will remain for me an everlasting inspiration to be the best that I can possibly be. The world is a better place because of him and he will be missed.