In this definitive biography, historian Leroy Davis examines the conflict inherent in John Hope's attempt to balance his joint roles as college president and national leader. The story of Hope's life illuminates many complexities that vexed African American leaders in a free but segregated society and created what Mordecai Johnson, Howard University's first African American president, called a "clashing of the soul."
Leroy Davis is a professor of history at Emory University. He is the coeditor of "The African Experience in Community Development: The Continuing Struggle in Africa and the Americas." He lives in Atlanta.