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Wendell Grimke Freeland:
A Quiet Soldier in the Fight for Civil Rights

Monday, June 17th
7:00 pm

Tuskegee Airman. Civil Rights attorney. Powerful advocate for the poor and the disenfranchised.

Wendell stands at the top. He was that kind of guy, with a deep-seeded sense of commitment.” — Civil rights advocate and New Pittsburgh Courier columnist Louis “Hop” Kendrick

Wendell Freeland

Wendell Freeland devoted seventy years to fighting injustice wherever he found it, from the age of Jim Crow to that of Barack Obama. Though a Baltimore native, Freeland made the most impact in Pittsburgh. He blazed a trail for racial equality by working largely behind the scenes in America’s courtrooms, boardrooms, and political backrooms. He served as Chairman of the board of directors of Pittsburgh’s Urban League and as Senior Vice President of the National Urban League Board of Trustees.

This is his inspirational story and a significant piece of American history.

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