Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr. is a minister, educator, and community leader devoted to encouraging personal growth and strengthening communities around the world. Franklin holds ordination in two Christian denominations: the American Baptist Churches USA and the Church of God in Christ. An insightful educator, Franklin has served on the faculties of the University of Chicago, Harvard Divinity School, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, and currently serves as the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor of Moral Leadership at Emory University. Active in a range of organizations, Franklin serves on the boards of the Salvation Army, the CNN Dialogues Advisory Committee, and NASA’s 100-year Starship Project Advisory Board; he has previously served on the boards of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Public Broadcasting of Atlanta, and the AIB Network. He is the recipient of a Ford Foundation grant to examine religion in public life in Asia and produced NPR commentaries based on this research. He has also served as a consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s work on alleviating poverty and strengthening fragile families. A seasoned traveler, Franklin has studied seven languages and visited Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

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