2018 Celebration:  Race Awareness in America



Franklin Founder Award

Dr. Robert W. Bogle and The Philadelphia Tribune

On Friday, January 12, 2018, the Franklin Birthday Celebration will explore the theme of Race Awareness in America, an apt concept for Dr. Franklin, whose thoughts and actions changed throughout his life, and led finally to his serving as president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society and petitioning Congress in 1790 to abolish slavery.

The Franklin Founder Award will be presented at a luncheon to Dr. Robert W. Bogle, the president and CEO of The Philadelphia Tribune, and to the newspaper itself as the oldest continually publishing African-American newspaper in the country.  The Tribune has been the voice of African Americans in the Greater Philadelphia area since 1884. 

In addition to his leadership of the newspaper, Dr. Bogle is chairman of the Hospitals and Higher Education Facilities Authority of Philadelphia and serves as a commissioner of the Delaware Valley River Port Authority.  And like his fellow newspaperman Dr. Franklin, Dr. Bogle received an honorary degree in Humane Letters for his civic contributions.

This year's Celebration will take place on the weekend before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an appropriate time to talk about public advocacy and particularly about the country’s civil rights legacy.  This year’s Franklin Celebration is dedicated to the memory of Dr. William T. Coleman, Jr.

There will be three major events during the day:

·      Morning seminar (free) from 9:00-11:00 AM (speakers to be announced)

·      Procession up 5th Street to Franklin’s marker for words of remembrance

·      Luncheon (ticket required) from 12:00-1:30 PM at the Wyndham Historic Philadelphia (4th and Arch Streets) with a talk by Dr. Bogle and presentation of the Franklin Founder Award


Sponsored in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Abolition Society Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation