Dr. Harold Franklin holding diploma

Dr. Harold A. Franklin is an inspiration to us all! Join us as we celebrate Dr. Franklin finally receiving his master’s degree from Auburn University by completing the form below. Responses will be compiled and shared with Dr. Franklin as well as on our website and app. Select responses will also be shared on social media.

“Thankful for your journey and legacy! Your perseverance, bravery and tenacity has perpetuated a path for educational success for many generations.”

Vertrina Grubbs

“Dr. Franklin, You have some amazing memories (happy and sad). I wish that this degree was awarded to you earlier. Thank you for accepting our notes of gratitude and of congratulations.”

Ann Tolbert

“Congratulations Dr. Franklin! Thank you for your perseverance and commitment. I was able to enjoy the Auburn experience because of you. You paved the way for me as well as so many others and I am grateful! Continued blessings to you and your family. War Eagle!”

Brandie Townsend

“Thank you Dr. Franklin for being the trailblazer and having the bravery to step on the Plains to be the FIRST! We honor you sir!!!”

Anthony Britt

“Congratulations Dr. Franklin! Thank you for paving the way and allowing me the opportunities I have because of you.

Thank you for your bravery”

Alesia Ruffin

“Congratulations Dr. Franklin! I celebrate your perseverance and fortitude. Your sacrifices and efforts helped pave the way for generations of young men and women. Thank you for leading the way. Respectfully yours.”

Kevin Roughton

“Congratulations! Thank you for paving the way so that I could attend with far less obstacles than you had to face. Well done! War Eagle!”

Michele Stephens

“Good morning Dr. Franklin,

Thank you for having a strong heart, mind, and soul. You could have walked away and said, “I tried.” However, you challenged the system when you knew your wisdom and words were more than good enough. Continue to relax your mind and share the knowledge with the world.”

Jerry Smith

“Congratulations, Dr. Franklin, and thank you for having the courage to forge a path for all future Black students who came after you, and will now come after us, to call Auburn University home away from home, to forge our own individual paths to intellectual and character excellence. We will never forget your dedication or your groundbreaking spirit and effort.”

Keith Cain

“Blessings to you Dr. Franklin and thank you for proving that no obstacle can prevent you from achieving God’s purpose for your life. Your obedience to His will and tenacity have paid off in a mighty way. Just imagine how many lives you have encouraged by your example to overcome. I congratulate and celebrate you… War Eagle!!!!”

Maureen Goins

“Dr. Franklin,

Thank you and congratulations! You are Auburn University. You were on my mind throughout my matriculation at Auburn, and you will continue to be in my mind and my heart throughout my career.

Again, thank you so very much!”

Sierra Bowens

“Dr. Franklin, the perseverance, intelligence and strength that you embody are inspiring. I can only hope that we continue to seek and fight for change in the ways that you have. Congratulations for your recent degree and for all of your accomplishments.”

Abby Boone

“Congratulations Dr. Harold Franklin!!! Having a father from central Alabama named Harold and a brother named Harold, you already have a special place in my heart. My father is an Auburn fan, and when he was younger his family moved him from Alabama to California because of the racial unrest in the south. I think of your amazing story, and because of your courage, young black men like my father now have the opportunity to stay and attend a local university. I also want to give you the sincerest and heartfelt THANK YOU for paving the way for black Auburn alumni like myself. I am so grateful I was able to experience a quality education from Auburn and your journey helped make that possible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Jameela Belyeu

“Brave! Determined! Inspiring! Hero! These are just some of the words that come to mind when I read your story Dr. Franklin. I can’t begin to fathom how you must have felt when you stood up for the right and privilege of all citizens, no matter their circumstances, to have access to higher education. Congratulations seems so inadequate for what you have accomplished because your bravery and fortitude changed the course of history. Thank you for not allowing the ignorance and hatred to keep you from making a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you for your willingness to sacrifice your life and dreams so many years ago in order to hopefully change the trajectory for so many who would come behind you. May your name forever be remembered in the Halls of Auburn as one who fought with bravery and determination for an injustice to be made right. Jennifer E Jones, AU Graduate Studies: School Counseling”

Jennifer Jones

“Dr. Franklin,

Our families have known each other for years and I still get chills every time I read or hear your story. I am so proud of the path that you blazed, making it possible for people like me to attend Auburn University. My Auburn journey was not taken lightly and just as I worked to make my parents proud, I worked to make you proud. The obstacles that you have overcome were not in vain. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for your perseverance. Thank you for your persistence. We are so proud of all of your accomplishments! Congratulations and War Eagle!”

Cherith Glover Fluker

“Dr. Franklin,

Your tenacity, your courage, and the paths your footsteps created have, literally and figuratively, assisted EVERY Black Alumni, who ever graced the plains. You are to be celebrated today and everyday not as a historic figure long gone but as a proud man, who is here and well in the present. A man, who can continue to teach us so much about equity, inclusion, and belonging within Higher Education then and now. Because of you, Dr. Franklin, a Black first-generation student from rural South Carolina is able to say, “”I believe in Auburn and love it.”

Blessings to you and yours,

Xavia Harrington
(she/her/hers)

“Thank you for paving the way for us to attend Auburn. You didn’t have to submit yourself to the egregious treatment that came with being a trailblazer, but you so selflessly did and I am thankful. I pray that God continues to Bless you, and that you are reminded everyday of your legacy and impact!”

Bri Thomas

“Congratulations Dr. Franklin! Thank you for your preservation and forging a path for black students to excel and achieve at Auburn University. Thank you for your tenacity and strength. Blessings to you!!”

Tawanda Jenkins-Brown

“Dear Dr. Franklin,

I first want to say THANK-you for being a trailblazer for students like me to come to Auburn. Working on the 50 Years of Desegregation project for my internship, I was able to learn so much more about you and your time here. Again Thank you!”

Gabrielle Brundidge

“Congratulations Dr. Franklin! Thank God for you and your accomplishments and your legacy.”

Linda Wright Jones

“Congratulations Mr. Franklin. My family lived across from you in Rolling Wood Apartments over 30 years ago. Little did I know that you paved the way for me to attend this institution.”

Adrienne McGowan

“Congratulations!! Thank you Dr. Franklin, for persevering through and completing what you started. Your courageous act to step outside of your comfort zone and onto the plains of Auburn University opened so many doors for many students of color, including my mother, and myself. Again, thank you and War Eagle!!”

Amber Stepter

“Dr. Franklin… Thank you for being the 1st and paving the way for us all.”

Regenia Sanders

“Your story is one of perseverance, courage, strength and success! Any words I can humbly offer you fall short but the world is a much better place with you in it. Best wishes for a wonderful and peaceful retirement. War Eagle!”

Angela Evans

“Thank you Dr. Franklin for your sacrifices and dedications! I was a local high school student attending J. F. Drake High School when you entered AU in 1964. I attended AU after being inspired and motivated by your efforts, thanks again!”

Abdul Khaafid Shaheed

“Dr. Franklin:
Your story is deeply moving and inspiring, and one of hope and social justice for generations to come. Thank you for blazing the trail.”

Bev Jones