Honourable David S. Nelson Professor of Psychology and Education and Director of the Nelson Chair Roundtable on Networking Community-Based Programs at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College, USA. While his current work focuses primarily on the 'invisibility syndrome' in black males, Anderson also studies Out of School Time and Care Workers' factors impacting child and youth socio-emotional development.

Prof Franklin earned his Master’s degree from Howard University, his Doctorate from University of Oregon, and his Post-Doctorate from the University of Michigan. His dozens of honours and awards include the Distinguished Warrior Award from the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education and the Groundbreakers Award from All Stars Project Annual Gala.

A licensed psychologist, Franklin has authored several books and many scholarly articles. He presents around the world and boasts a civil rights legacy as a member of the Richmond 34—a group of students arrested in sit-ins that led to desegregation in Virginia.