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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President
Theologian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Red
Favorite Food:
Scallops (Grilled), Fruit Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Negril, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
The World Is Equally Balanced Between Good And Evil And Your Next Act Will Tip The Scales.

Birthplace

Born:
2/22/1954
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President
Theologian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Red
Favorite Food:
Scallops (Grilled), Fruit Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Negril, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
The World Is Equally Balanced Between Good And Evil And Your Next Act Will Tip The Scales.

Birthplace

Born:
2/22/1954
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Robert Michael Franklin, Jr., is the presidential distinguished professor of social ethics at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and former president of the Interdenominational Theological Center.

Franklin was born February 22, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Morehouse College in 1975 with a double major in political science and religion before going on to study at the University of Durham in England to pursue international studies. After traveling to North Africa and the Soviet Union, he enrolled in the Harvard Divinity School and received the master of divinity degree in 1978. He earned his doctorate degree in 1985 from the University of Chicago where his major fields of study included social ethics, psychology and African American religion.

Over the years, Franklin has worked as a scholar-theologian, educator, former seminary program administrator and foundation executive. He has served on the faculties of divinity and theology schools for the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Colgate-Rochester and Emory Universities. Before his presidency at the Interdenominational Theological Center, he served as a program officer at the Ford Foundation, where he was responsible for grants to African American churches that were engaged in secular social service delivery and for advising the president of the Foundation about future funding for religion and public life.

Franklin has written two books, Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought and Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis. He has also co-authored a book with Don Browning and others entitled From Culture Wars to Common Ground: Religion and the American Family Debate. Franklin is also the author of an internet study guide on the congregational use of the DreamWorks SKG film, The Prince of Egypt.

Sought after by the media, Franklin has provided guest commentary on religion for CNN and National Public Radio. He also serves on numerous boards of directors, including the Center on Philanthropy, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Congress of National Black Churches, the Georgia Humanities Council and Religion and Ethics News Weekly. He is also a member of the advisory board of the American Assembly and the Children’s Defense Fund’s Black Church and Community Crusade. Franklin has worked with the White House on numerous projects related to religion, race, public health and community development. He is also a member of the professional fraternity Sigma Pi Phi.

Franklin has been married to obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Cheryl Goffney Franklin since 1986. They have three children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert Franklin describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert Franklin describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert Franklin talks about his paternal and maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert Franklin describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert Franklin describes his childhood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert Franklin describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert Franklin recalls his experiences at Esmond Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robert Franklin describes his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Franklin talks about his role models during his adolescence, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Franklin talks about his role models during his adolescence, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Franklin describes the community of Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Franklin describes his activities and studies while at Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Franklin talks about influential teachers at Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Franklin describes his church community during his high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert Franklin describes his impressions of the Civil Rights Movement during his high school years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert Franklin talks about his interest in attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert Franklin recalls being expelled from Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert Franklin talks about his decision to return to Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert Franklin recalls returning to Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Illinois after his initial expulsion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert Franklin recalls being fired from his job at a grocery store
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert Franklin talks about his views on activism during his senior year at Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert Franklin describes his parents' educational backgrounds
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert Franklin recalls travelling to Atlanta, Georgia to enroll at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert Franklin recalls his freshman year at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert Franklin talks about his extracurricular activities at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert Franklin talks about studying abroad at Durham University in England
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert Franklin talks about traveling in Europe and North Africa during college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert Franklin talks about his impressions of Moroccan culture during his college travels
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert Franklin talks about how his international travels changed his outlook on American politics and journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Robert Franklin describes how his academic interests shifted from political science to theology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert Franklin remembers his search for a graduate program in divinity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert Franklin describes his experiences at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert Franklin recalls his experiences pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert Franklin talks about the beginning of his career as a professor of religion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert Franklin talks about serving on the faculty of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert Franklin talks about joining the Interdenominational Theological Center as its president
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert Franklin describes his travels while on sabbatical from the Interdenominational Theological Center
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Robert Franklin shares his thoughts on the relationship between church and state
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Robert Franklin talks about the present situation for black churches
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Robert Franklin talks about the film 'The Passion of the Christ'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Robert Franklin describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Robert Franklin talks about his views on gay marriage
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Robert Franklin describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Robert Franklin describes how he wants to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Robert Franklin reflects on his father's feelings about his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Robert Franklin describes working as a commentator for National Public Radio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Robert Franklin talks about the future of African American churches
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Robert Franklin reflects on the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Robert Franklin talks about the modern trend toward megachurches in Christianity
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Robert Franklin narrates his photographs