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John W. Franklin, of the National Museum of African American Culture

The Black History Committee of the Friends of Thomas Balch Library joins Thomas Balch Library in welcoming John W. Franklin as guest speaker. John W. Franklin is currently Senior Manager in the Office of External Affairs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and previously worked for the Smithsonian on African American, African and African Diaspora Programs.  Initially, he served as researcher and French language interpreter for the Smithsonian’s African Diaspora program of the 1976 Bicentennial Folklife Festival while living and teaching English in Dakar, Senegal. Franklin developed symposia and seminars for the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies from 1987-1992. At the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage he curated Smithsonian Folklife Festival programs on the Bahamas (1994), Cape Verdean Culture (1995), Washington, D.C. (2000) and Mali (2003). Franklin served on the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture from 1998 to 2008 and the board of the Reginald Lewis Maryland Museum of African American History and Culture from 2000 to 2009. From 2005-2011, Franklin served on the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and from 2010-2013 he served on the Washington, DC Commission on African American Affairs. From 2005-2011, Franklin served on the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and from 2010-2013 he served on the Washington, DC Commission on African American Affairs. Together with his father he edited My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin.