Robert Franklin is the 10th President of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. Previously, he served as the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and President of the Interdenominational Theological Center. He also served as a Program Officer in the Human Rights and Social Justice Program at the Ford Foundation.
Franklin is the author of three books, 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). Franklin is currently co-editing with Timothy Jackson the Cambridge Companion on Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 2005, Franklin served as Theologian in Residence for The Chautauqua Institution (NY). He serves on numerous boards including the Character Education Partnership (Washington, DC) and Public Broadcasting of Atlanta (WABE), and has also provided commentaries for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," and televised commentary for Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting.
Franklin received a B.A. from Morehouse College, an M.Div from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He also received an English Speaking Union Scholarship to attend the University of Durham in England. Franklin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from Bethune Cookman University, Bates College and Swarthmore College.