George Washington Williams: The Case of a Neglected American Hero

September 23, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

The fourth installment of this series features a re-broadcast of the last time Dr. Franklin participated in Wednesdays At The Center and includes his conversation with Dr. Lea Fridman, Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College.

In this video, the two discuss Dr. Franklin's comprehensive biography of the pathbreaking intellectual George Washington Williams. The original event was introduced by the late Professor Srinivas Aravamudan.

George Washington Williams was an American Civil War soldier, Baptist minister, politician, lawyer, journalist, and writer who was particularly concerned with recording and preserving African-American history. In the late 1880s, Williams turned his interest to Europe and Africa to connect larger stories of global racism. Dr. Ranjana Khanna, Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute, will introduce this event.

Please note the extended duration of this week's program.


The John Hope Franklin Center and the Duke Center for International and Global Studies are launching the 2020/2021 Wednesdays at the Center series virtually. The Wednesdays at The Center series, the John Hope Franklin Center, and the international area study centers in DUCIGS have worked in the past to address issues of racism, inequality, and marginalization both globally and locally.

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  • Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
  • John Hope Franklin Center
  • Wednesdays at the Center Series