John Hope: Hallmark of the Truest Greatness

  • Vida L. Avery
Part of the Philanthropy and Education book series (PHILAED)


Franklin’s heartfelt description of John Hope’s positive and inspirational influence in the moral, civic, and personal lives of his parents, qualities passed along to Franklin as “honorable precepts of living,” affectionately expressed the charismatic power of John Hope. True humility undergirded Hope’s notions of “honorable precepts of living.” Perhaps this humility, so unlike the flamboyance of Du Bois or the political artfulness of Booker T. Washington, diminished Hope in the public eye as well as in history books. Even the academic world of higher education studies, particularly black higher education, seemed blind to the depth of influence John Hope had as an educational leader of the early twentieth century.


Educational Leader Black Identity Negro College Student Denominational Affiliation Race Riot 
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  1. 1.
    John Hope Franklin, in Leroy Davis, A Clashing of the Soul: John Hope and the Dilemma of African American Leadership and Black Higher Education in the Early Twentieth Century, with a foreword by John Hope Franklin (Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 1998), ix.Google Scholar
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    Rayford Logan, in Ridgely Torrence, The Story of John Hope, with an introduction by Rayford Logan (New York: Macmillan, 1948; reprint, New York: Arno and The New York Times, 1969), iii;Google Scholar
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