National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Archives - StoryCorps

John Hope Franklin and John W. Franklin

John Hope Franklin became a Boy Scout in the 1920s as scouting was first coming to children in the black community. One of his troop requirements was to do a good deed each day. At StoryCorps he tells his son John W. about the racism he endured at the hands of a blind white woman he had just helped across a street.

Originally aired March 27, 2009, on NPR’s Morning Edition.