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Bill Clinton to speak at NC event for Franklin

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DURHAM, N.C. — Former President Bill Clinton is coming to North Carolina to speak at an event honoring the late historian John Hope Franklin and his wife, Aurelia.

Duke University said Wednesday that the campus will host an event next week to celebrate the Franklins. Clinton will be one of the featured speakers.

During his presidency, Clinton awarded Franklin the Presidential Medal of Freedom and later appointed Franklin in 1997 to chair a national task force on race. Franklin died in March at the age of 94. His wife died in 1999.

Franklin authored the 1947 book “From Slavery to Freedom,” which was a landmark publication that helped integrate black history with American history.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Former President Bill Clinton is coming to North Carolina to speak at an event honoring the late historian John Hope Franklin and his wife, Aurelia.

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