A famous African American John Hope Franklin passed away a few days ago. He did race relations for the Kennedy through Clinton presidental adminstration. He wrote numerous books that explained the plight of African Americans in America and the rascism that is still evident today. There is a story written about him in the New York Times. Franklin worked with Thurgood Marshall's lawyers in the famous Brown vs. Board of Ed. case, and had a lot of other contributions in our society.