Franklin Hughes

Franklin Hughes

Franklin Hughes is a multimedia specialist for the Diversity and Inclusion Office at Ferris State University. He is the primary content creator of audio and video for the Jim Crow Museum and also maintains the website and social media platforms. Hughes is a researcher and has written numerous articles for the Jim Crow Museum. Hughes has a passion for ancestry and history and strives to tell impactful stories whether using video production, writing, or graphic design.

Haste to Rise: A Remarkable Experience of Black Education during Jim Crow

Haste to Rise: A Remarkable Experience of Black Education during Jim Crow

SKU: 9781629637907
Authors: David Pilgrim & Franklin Hughes • Preface: David Eisler
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629637907
Published: 6/1/2020
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 224
Subjects: Social Science/Ethnic Studies/African American Studies/Education


“One of the most important contributions to the study of American history that I have ever experienced.”
—Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African American Research

“This was a horrific time in our history, but it needs to be taught and seen and heard. This is very well done, very well done.”
—Malaak Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, on the Jim Crow Museum

“The museum’s contents are only a small part of the damaging effects of the Jim Crow laws that were found all across America, including bright and sunny California. This history is not only an important part of understanding where America was but, in an age of states making it harder and harder for citizens to vote, it is relevant to note that we have been here before.”
—Henry Rollins, host of the History Channel’s 10 Things You Don’t Know About

“For decades the author has been on a Pilgrimage to bring out from our dank closets the racial skeletons of our past. His is a crucial mission, because he forces us to realize that race relations grew worse in the first several decades of the twentieth century—something many Americans never knew or now want to suppress. This book allows us to see, even feel the racism of just a generation or two ago—and Pilgrim shows that elements of it continue, even today. See it! Read it! Feel it! Then help us all transcend it!”
—James W. Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and coeditor of The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader

“The museum has been one of my treasured go-to resources for teaching people about the deep-seated roots of the racism that persists in our collective subconscious. Only by facing our history and its hold on our psyche can we construct a better culture. This work is invaluable.”
—damali ayo, author of How to Rent a Negro and Obamistan! Land without Racism

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Jim Crow Museum Video Projects

“Short’nin’ Bread” Racism in the Kitchen”, 2019, Jim Crow Museum, Ferris State University

David Pilgrim NCORE 2018, 2018, Jim Crow Museum, Ferris State University

  • “16th Street Baptist Church Bombing”, 2018, Jim Crow Museum, Ferris State University

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Jim Crow Museum Articles