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Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 42 - Christmas Celebrations (1971)

Thomas F. Freeman

Silent | 1971

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  •  Reading the bible with family 
  •  Opening presents 
  •  Family cat and dog 
  •  Cleaning up in the kitchen 
  •  Rolling papers for a paper route 
  •  Pet cat and dog enjoying the yard 
  •  Sitting in the living room 
  •  Sitting down to eat 
  •  Posing for the camera 
  •  Making popcorn balls 
  •  Washing the car 
  •  Fixing the bike 
 
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This home movie captures scenes of the Freemans celebrating Christmas in 1971 by opening gifts, enjoying Christmas dinner, and, as is their tradition, making popcorn balls. Scenes of Carlotta and Carter Freeman rolling newspapers and getting a bike ready for a paper route are also included.
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.