Award Description

The John Hope Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded every four years to recognize an individual who has had a distinguished career in southern history, has contributed significantly to scholarship in the field, and who has exhibited outstanding qualities of citizenship. Nominations are solicited through notices in the Journal of Southern History.

Past Winners

Darlene Clark Hine, Michigan State University, received the third John Hope Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award on November 10, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.

Joel Williamson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the second John Hope Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award on November 2, 2012, in Mobile, Alabama.

Leon Litwack, University of California, Berkeley, was the first winner of the John Hope Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 in Richmond, Virginia.