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Julius Franks is a former All-American guard who played football at the University of Michigan from 1941-1942. In team Sports the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the Number This is a List of Athletic Conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA The University of Michigan Ann Arbor ( U of M, U-M, UM or simply Michigan) is a top-ranked Coeducational public research An All-American "team" is an honorary Sports team composed of outstanding Amateur players those considered the best players of a specific season for An All-American "team" is an honorary Sports team composed of outstanding Amateur players those considered the best players of a specific season for In American and Canadian football, a guard ( G) is a player that lines up between the center and the tackles on the offensive line American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with The University of Michigan Ann Arbor ( U of M, U-M, UM or simply Michigan) is a top-ranked Coeducational public research Franks wore #62 as a varsity letterman in 1941 and #63 in 1942. A varsity letter (or monogram) is an award earned in the United States for excellence in school activities  Franks is the first African-American Michigan Wolverines football player to become an All-American. African Americans or Black Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have origins in any of the black populations of Africa The Michigan Wolverines football program represents the University of Michigan. An All-American "team" is an honorary Sports team composed of outstanding Amateur players those considered the best players of a specific season for  Illness cut short his collegiate athletic career.
Franks pursued a career in dentistry after Michigan. He also became an active community leader who contributed his time to public service and who helped to integrate Grand Rapids, Michigan by financing home construction in a majority Caucasian neighborhood. Michigan ( is a Midwestern state of the United States of America. The Caucasian race, sometimes the Caucasoid race, is a term of Racial classification, coined around 1800 by Johann Friedrich Blumenbach for the "
Franks was a native of Hamtramck, Michigan and was named to the Detroit, Michigan all-city team after the 1939 high school football season. Hamtramck (hæmˈtɹæmɪk is a city in Wayne County of the U Michigan ( is a Midwestern state of the United States of America. Michigan ( is a Midwestern state of the United States of America.  After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Michigan where he became the third African-Americans to play for the Michigan Wolverines football team. In 1942, he became the first African-American at Michigan to earn All-American honors.  Head coach Fritz Crisler said Franks was one of the hardest working players he ever coached. Herbert Orin "Fritz" Crisler (January 12 1899 near Earlville Illinois – August 19 1982 was a head football coach best known for his tenure at the  The 1942 Wolverines' offensive line that included Franks, Al Wistert, Robert Kolesar, Merv Pregulman, and Elmer Madar, was known as the "Seven Oak Posts. Albert Alexander "Ox" He and his brothers are three of the seven players who have had their numbers retired by the Michigan Wolverines football program Mervin Pregulman (born October 10, 1922 in Lansing Michigan) is a former All-American football tackle and center Elmer Madar ( November 28, 1920 - February 9, 1972) was an All American football player at the University of Michigan in " Franks credited the group's success to playing scrimmages as rookies against the 1940 offense that included Tom Harmon, Forest Evashevski, and Bob Westfall. Thomas Dudley Harmon ( September 28, 1919 - March 15, 1990) was a star player in United States College football, a sports Forest Evashevski (born February 19, 1918) was a College football player at the University of Michigan and a College football coach Bob Westfall ( May 5, 1919 &mdash October 23, 1980) was an American football fullback who played for the University Franks was a 60-minute player as a junior in 1942 and was named a first-team All American. 
In 1943, Franks and teammate Tom Kuzma came down with tuberculosis and were hospitalized at University Hospital for 25 months as they recuperated. Tuberculosis (abbreviated as TB for tubercle bacillus or T u' b' erculosis Bacillus --> is a common The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS is the wholly-owned academic medical center of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Franks recalled that Fritz Crisler was a regular visitor to his hospital room, and Tom Harmon also stopped to visit while on leave from military service. Herbert Orin "Fritz" Crisler (January 12 1899 near Earlville Illinois – August 19 1982 was a head football coach best known for his tenure at the Thomas Dudley Harmon ( September 28, 1919 - March 15, 1990) was a star player in United States College football, a sports As a result of the hospitalization, Franks missed his senior year as a football player. 
In 1982, Franks was named to the University of Michigan Hall of Honor in the fifth class of inductees. Only eleven Michigan football players earned this honor before him. 
Franks graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School and practiced dentistry in Grand Rapids, Michigan for more than 40 years. Dentistry' is the "evaluation diagnosis prevention and/or treatment (nonsurgical surgical or related procedures of diseases disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity Franks was also a leader in the Urban League, United Way, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, and Rotary Club. The National Urban League ( NUL) formerly known as the National League of black men and women, is a Civil rights organization based in New York City United Way of America, based in Alexandria Virginia, is a Non-profit organization that works with nearly 1300 local United Way offices throughout the country in The American Red Cross (also known as the American National Red Cross) is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance disaster relief and education inside The Boy Scouts of America ( BSA) is the largest youth organization in the United States with over five million Rotary International is an organization of Service clubs known as Rotary Clubs located all over the world In 1964, Michigan Governor George Romney appointed Franks to the Western Michigan University Board of Trustee. The following are Governors of the Territory of Michigan and the U George Romney may refer to George Romney (painter (1734&ndash1802 English portrait painter George W Western Michigan University (WMU is a Public university established in 1903 by Dwight B 
In the 1960s, Franks had a role in integrating Grand Rapids. In the early 1960s, African Americans were not welcome in Grand Rapids' "white" middle-class neighborhoods, and realtors would not even show them houses. The middle class, in colloquial usage consists of those who have some economic independence but not a great deal of social Influence or power. The National Association of Realtors (NAR whose members are known as realtors (rē(əltər -ˌtôr is North America's largest Trade association representing In 1962, Franks' friend, J. E. Adams found vacant land designated as a potential park site. Adams, Franks, and friends Joesph Lee and Samuel Triplett created a plan to purchase the 20 acres (80,937 m²) site and build a middle-class neighborhood for African-Americans. The acre is a unit of Area in a number of different systems including the imperial and U M^2 redirects here For other uses see M². CM2 redirects here The announcement "caused an uproar that resulted in protests, lawsuits and threats. " When banks refused to finance the project, the four men purchased the land on their own for $60,000 and started building. The United States dollar ( sign: $; code: USD) is the unit of Currency of the United States; it has also been The first of 51 houses was completed in 1965. Today, the neighborhood, known as Auburn Hills (not to be confused with Auburn Hills, Michigan), has a population of 542 and the lowest crime rate in Grand Rapids. Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the US state of Michigan. Michigan ( is a Midwestern state of the United States of America.