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Dr. Robert M. Franklin to Keynote National Forum on Character Education

Washington, DC, May 30, 2013 --( Character Education Partnership (CEP) is proud to announce Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. as one of several esteemed keynote speakers at the 2013 National Forum on Character Education, taking place Oct. 24-27 in Washington, DC. Dr. Franklin, the 10th president of Morehouse College, the nation’s largest liberal arts college for men, has written several books on social issues, including Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities (2007); Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis (1997); and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought (1990).

Prior to his leadership position at Morehouse, Dr. Franklin served as the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and president of the Interdenominational Theological Center, both in Atlanta. He also served as a program officer in the Human Rights and Social Justice Program at the Ford Foundation (NY) and on CEP’s Board of Directors.

“With his lifelong passion for social ethics, core values and community service, Dr. Franklin has much to share with our conference participants,” said Mark Hyatt, CEP President and CEO. “His commitment to leading by example in these areas represents the dedication needed to enact social change.”

The conference theme “Educating for Character—at home, in schools and in communities” seems a perfect fit with Dr. Franklin’s entire career. He has built a national platform on social ethics and community values.

“Dr. Franklin’s belief that ethical discourse should be integrated into learning speaks to the heart of what CEP is about,” said Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Sipos. “His global perspective on service, ethics and morality will reach the right audience at our conference, which is attended by educators from around the world.”

At its conference, CEP will be honoring its exemplars, the 2013 National Schools and Districts of Character. These exemplar schools do outreach and serve as mentors to other schools. Dr. Franklin will speak at the Saturday luncheon honoring these schools.

Character Education Partnership is a national advocate and leader for the character education movement. Based in Washington, DC, CEP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of organizations and individuals committed to fostering effective character education in our nation’s schools. CEP provides the vision, leadership and resources for school, families and communities to develop ethical citizens committed to building a just and caring world. For more information about State and National Schools of Character and how schools can improve through high-quality character education, visit
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