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Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 41 - Washington D.C. Trip (1970)

Thomas F. Freeman

Silent | 1970

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  •  Office discussion 
  •  Robert C. Weaver Federal Building, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Design, by architect Marcel Breuer and part of the National Register of Historic Places  
  •  Dr. Freeman with his family 
  •  Back in the office 
  •  Outside shots - National Education Assiciation and Department of Housing and Urban Development  
  •  Airport 
  •  Sitting with the family 
  •  On the porch, descaling a fish, holding adog, packing for a picnic 
 
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This home movie captures scenes of Dr. Freeman traveling to Washington D.C. to meet with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and discuss the Model Cities Program. He later makes the short trip to Richmond, Virginia to visit his mother and extended family.
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.