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Robert Michael Franklin Jr., PhD, M.Div.

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Robert Michael Franklin Jr. is an American author, theologian, ordained minister, and academic administrator who served as the tenth president of Morehouse College from 2007 to 2012. Franklin is a visiting scholar in residence at Stanford University's Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute. He has served as a Professor of Social Ethics at Emory University, at Union Theological Seminary in New York, and a director of the religion program at the Chautauqua Institution. A native of Chicago, Franklin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College, Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is also the recipient of honorary degrees from Bethune–Cookman University, Bates College, and Swarthmore College. Franklin is the author of four books, Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage, Imagination (2020), Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities (2007), Another Day's Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis (1997), and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought (1989).