Hampton University
Hampton University Alumna Honored by Virginia State Bar
10/31/2016 - #78

Hampton, Va. — Hampton University alumna Frankie Muse Freeman, was honored at the Virginia State Bar Access to Legal Services Committee's Annual Pro Bono Conference in Hampton Oct. 26 with the naming of an award in her honor recognizing her outstanding contributions in the area of legal services to the poor.

According to Karl A. Doss, director of Access to Legal Services, the Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award will be an annual award given to organizations that have made outstanding contributions in the area of legal services to the poor.

Freeman, a national civil rights lawyer, was born in 1916 in Danville, Virginia and graduated from HU in 1937 before receiving her law degree from Howard University in 1944.

Freeman was the first woman to serve on the US Commission on Civil Rights after her appointment by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. She was reappointed by Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and successfully represented the NAACP in a number of landmark cases involving segregation in education and housing.

Freeman recently said of her work as an attorney,"I did whatever I felt I had to do to make a difference."

#HU#

©2017 Hampton University
Hampton, VA 23668 : 757.727.5000