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Earlier this year, the world lost one of its finest scholars and thinkers, an individual whose legacy spanned a couple of generations: John Hope Franklin. A son of the American South, he spent most of his life studying, writing and speaking about the region he proudly called home. Despite being one of the preeminent scholars of his generation, he nevertheless insisted that to truly understand our world, “we must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.”

This publication attempts to “go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths” by amplifying the real stories of four males of color in the region Dr. Franklin committed his life to. “Real Stories of Young Men of Color in the American South” will profile these young men in four different cities in the South, whose lives teach the reader about the challenges men face; whose work demonstrates how communities change and thrive; and whose perspectives pave the way to explore what it really means to be a man.

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