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Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 14 - Christmas Celebrations (1969)

Thomas F. Freeman

Silent | 1969

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  •  Driving a toy tractor in the backyard 
  •  Playing with puppy 
  •  Adults having a cocktail party 
  •  Christmas morning 
  •  Christmas dinner 
  •  Making popcorn balls 
  •  Family celebration 
  •  Breakfast time  
  •  Looking through and listening to vinyl records 
  •  Girls go bike riding in winter coats 
  •  Dinner party 
  •  Family dinner 
  •  Playing pool 
 
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This home movie captures scenes of the Freemans celebrating the holiday season of 1969. The adults have a dinner party at their house, and Thomas Jr. receives a drum kit as his big Christmas gift. Later, Carlotta and several other young girls go for a bike ride in their winter coats and hats.
Dr. Thomas F. Freeman was born in 1919 in Richmond, Virginia, where he also spent his childhood and attended college. Freeman left Virginia temporarily to serve a nine month contract at Houston's Texas Southern University in 1949. Many decades later, Dr. Freeman is still a professor and debate coach at TSU, on campus six days a week, and has helped multiple generations of young Texan African-American students find their voice and rise to new heights of scholarly achievement. A pillar of the Houston community, Dr. Freeman also has ministered at Mt. Horem Baptist Church for more than 65 years, still delivering sermons every Sunday; taught Religious Studies at Rice University for 20 years; helped found Houston's Model Cities program; founded and served as Dean of TSU's Weekend College; was the Founding Dean of TSU's Honors College; and over the course of his teaching career, taught and influenced many prominent African-Americans leaders, including Otis King, Barbara Jordan, and Martin Luther King, Jr.