Today we honor Frankie Muse Freeman who just recently passed away on January 12, 2018 at the age of 101.
Frankie Muse Freeman was a civil rights attorney who had a long career with many noticeable achievements.
- Born November 12, 1916 in Danville, VA
- She received her law degree from Howard University School of Law in 1947
- Became known nationwide when she served as lead attorney for the NAACP in landmark case Davis vs. St. Louis Housing Authority (this case helped end racial discrimination in public housing)
- First woman (not just African-American woman, but the first woman ever) to be appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, a federal fact-finding body that investigates complaints alleging discrimination
- At 90 years old, she still practiced law
- She received numerous accolades and awards during her lifetime including the National Bar Association’s Hall of Fame, NAACP Spingarn Medal, and the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association
Ms. Freeman truly made an impact in the world as we know it today and we will forever be grateful for her hard work and sacrifice.
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