Students worshipfully called him “Dr. Frank.” Critics called him a radical, a socialist and worse. Historians call him “the most renowned southern liberal of his time.”

As president of the University of North Carolina and a United States senator, Frank Porter Graham was a southerner who challenged the traditions of the segregated South. A senator who would not be a politician, he never comprehended why the very people he had tried to serve turned against him in one of the most memorable political contests in American history.

Charles Kuralt narrates "Dr. Frank: The Life and Times of Frank Porter Graham," the Emmy Award-winning biographical documentary that uses Graham’s life as a prism through which to view the twentieth-century American South in transition.

Among those appearing in the film are UNC President Emeritus William Friday, Vanderbilt Chancellor Emeritus Alexander Heard, former U.S. Senator Terry Sanford, journalists Tom Wicker and Ed Yoder, and historians Helen Edmonds, John Hope Franklin and William Leuchtenburg.

Copyright 1994 by John B. Wilson, Jr., the UNC-CH Arts and Sciences Foundation and the UNC Center for Public Television. All rights reserved.

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