Historian named first Inouye chair
A prominent historian has been selected as the first Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
John Hope Franklin, author of the book "From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans," is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University. He will participate in various activities and events at UH-Manoa from March 15 to 25.
"As a historian, Franklin has raised our country's sensitivity about the basic rights that are set forth in our constitution -- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," Sen. Daniel Inouye said in a news release from the university. "He has at times bruised our conscience, which I believe helps to ensure that we not repeat the errors of our past."
The recipient of more than 100 honorary degrees, Franklin was one of two historians recently awarded the John W. Kluge Prize for lifetime achievement in the study of humanity from the Library of Congress. The Kluge Prize, which totals $1 million, rewards accomplishments in the wide range of disciplines not covered by the Nobel prizes, including history, philosophy, politics, anthropology, sociology, religion, criticism in the arts and humanities, and linguistics.
Franklin also served as advisory board chairman to former President Bill Clinton's "One America: The President's Initiative on Race."
Established in 2005 with nearly $3 million from more than 1,000 donors, the Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals recognizes Inouye's service to Hawaii and the nation, as well as his late wife Maggie's work in education and for the people of Hawaii.