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Frankie Freeman

Jabari Blakemore and Anna Murrary Robinson, of the Carnahan High School drum line lead a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march from Wellston to Pine Lawn. Jan. 15, 2017
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Almost 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, the key focus of area civil rights leaders is to keep the national leader’s legacy — and message — alive for a new generation.

Which helps explain why state Rep. Bruce Franks, D-St. Louis, sought to rev up Monday’s annual event at the Old Courthouse to mark King’s birthday. Amid all the songs and speeches, Franks focused on the importance of action.

Frankie Freeman, family, and bronze statue. November 2017.
Kae M. Petrin | St. Louis Public Radio

More than half a century ago, civil rights attorney Frankie Muse Freeman became the first woman appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. At that point, she’d already opened her own private legal practice and helped end legal segregation of public housing in St. Louis.

Since that momentous day in 1964, she has continued to fight for civil and human rights. At 100, she’s still active in civic affairs.

On Tuesday, the St. Louis City chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People dedicated a bronze statue in her honor at Broadway and Chestnut Street, near the Old Courthouse.

Frankie Freeman speaking at her induction into the St. Louis Walk of Fame 2015.
Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

There’s a new name gracing the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Today a star was dedicated to civil rights advocate and attorney Frankie Muse Freeman.

The 98-year-old Freeman was surrounded by loved ones and admirers as she received her star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame on Delmar Boulevard.

Civil disobedience is a likely next step among those protesting the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Highway shutdowns plans, for example, were announced last weekend, and there was a small short-lived shutdown then. Additional shutdowns are planned.

Frankie Muse Freeman
(via NAACP Release)

St. Louis attorney and civil rights activist Frankie Freeman is to be honored in two ways Thursday.

Along with receiving the 96th Spingarn Medal from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Freeman's home state has also announced another recognition.

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed July 28 "Frankie Muse Freeman Day."

(via NAACP Release)

A long-time St. Louis attorney and civil rights activist is this year's recipient of the top award from the NAACP.

Frankie Freeman will receive the 96th Spingarn Medal from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in July.

She was honored Wednesday on the floor by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who called the medal an appropriate recognition of Freeman's 60-plus years of civil  rights activism.