2023 John Hope Franklin Legacies Series

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Tony Phillips, "John Hope Franklin: Hope at the BBC"

Thursday, February 2, 2023
1:30-3:00 pm
FHI, Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4 C105




In Conversation: Tony Phillips, Mark Anthony Neal, and John Gartrell

Friday, February 3, 2023
11:30-1:30 pm
FHI, Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4 C105


Join the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute for our John Hope Franklin Legacies Series featuring a lecture by Tony Phillips, and conversation between Mark Anthony Neal, John Gartrell, and Phillips!

John Hope Franklin: Hope at the BBC

"When I find myself today mentoring and working with new producers, the source of one of the brightest guiding lights I can offer has come from John Hope Franklin; a rare and precious link between the past, present and future.

The meticulous attention he paid to his calling as a historian and as a teacher helped set me on a vital course in my early years as a radio producer at the BBC. For a decade I recorded and produced four programmes with John Hope Franklin for BBC Radio 4 in the UK. This talk charts and illustrates with extracts from the documentaries and interviews how and why some of those stories were told. His contributions ranged from the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, to his birth and upbringing in Oklahoma, to his work with Thurgood Marshall on the landmark ruling of Brown vs Board of Education and finally to his rumination on the uncomfortable legacy of segregation in the South. 

It should also become clear how John Hope Franklin will forever illuminate the BBC archives with his wisdom, wit and humanity."

Tony Phillips | Radio Consultant, Editor, Executive Producer

An experienced radio and podcasting creator, Tony's career has taken him from producing, reporting and Commissioning Editor at BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4 (creating The Listening Project), to Vice President at WNYC Studios, New York and to Broccoli Content/Sony Music in the UK. At WNYC he created and developed A Piece of Work with Abbi Jacobson, made in partnership with MoMA, was the Executive Producer on Freakonomics Radio with Stephen Dubner and managed editorial partnerships. Most recently, Tony wrote and reported an Archive on 4 for BBC Radio 4 on the tragic life of David Oluwale, a Nigerian migrant to Britain in the 1960s. Tony is executive producer with independent TV company Northern Town Productions, and part of the award-winning team who produced the Liverpool-based Statues Redressed documentary film for Sky Arts questioning the presence, place and power of public statues. In 2022 Tony completed his PhD at the University of East Anglia writing about audio, storytelling and the African diaspora.

Mark Anthony Neal | James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies and Chair of the Department of African & African American Studies at Duke University

John B. Gartrell | Director of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University

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