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An Interview With John Franklin
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TitleAn Interview With John Franklin
AbstractInterviewer: Horace M. Peterson III. Interview recorded September 28, 1976. 1 sound cassette (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesJohn B. Franklin was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 16, 1929. In the interview he recalls his years in the U.S. Air Force and mention of Focus on Minority plus his plans for the future. Mr. Franklin died January 6, 1994.
Date1976-09-28
SourceKansas City Public Library; Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.
LocationSC69-2, Tape 25, CD 25
Local SubjectFranklin, John B.
Oral History
African Americans
Military
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionInterview Outline:

John B. Franklin is the son of Leola and Carl Franklin, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 16, 1929. Elementary schools in Louisiana and agricultural chores. The struggle to complete high school. Induction in the Air Force at age of 16, as means of leaving the state and bettering his living conditions. July 10, 1947 marked the beginning of his Air Force career. Found that even in the Air Force segregation still existed. Recollection of opportunities provided by Air Force during second enlistment. Second black recruiter in Kansas City in 1967.

First civilian job was at Human Resources as a proverty officer. Attended Park College in 1971. Applying for new position on television network, Channel 4 as Director of Community Affairs. Job description of Focus on Minority, which developed as a need for blacks to expose their activities. Plans for the future not primarily associated with television. Has B.A. degree in Psychology from Park College, Master's degree at Webster University in Human Relations and Public Administration.
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Item ID210213
CONTENTdm number36286
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