Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Information About Seven Black People With The First Name Freeman

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"Freeman Davis (October 4, 1902 – June 14, 1974[1]) was an American whistling and bone playing recording artist best known by his stage name Brother Bones as well as "Whistling Sam".

Early life

Freeman Davis was born in Montgomery, Alabama.[1]


Davis is best remembered for his 1949 recording[2] of the 1925 standard "Sweet Georgia Brown". The recording became internationally famous after being adopted as the theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team in 1952. Notably, the bass line for this track uses the Novachord, a very early electronic synthesizer more prominently featured on the B side of the record. Despite the success of this record, Brother Bones himself remained relatively unknown."

Freeman Alphonsa Hrabowski III (born August 13, 1950) is an American educator, advocate, and mathematician. In May 1992, he began his term as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC),[1] one of the twelve public universities composing the University System of Maryland.[2] Hrabowski has been credited with transforming UMBC into an institution noted for research and innovation.[3]

Early life and education

Hrabowski was born in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, the only child of his parents, both of whom were educators.[15] His mother was an English teacher who became a math teacher, and his father was a math teacher who went to work at a steel mill.

Frequently asked about the origin of his unusual surname, Hrabowski explains that he is the great-great-grandson of Eaton Hrabowski, a slave owned by and named for Polish-American slave owner Samuel Hrabowski.[16][17] In a CBS television interview, Hrabowski recounted that he is the third Freeman Hrabowski; his grandfather was the first Freeman Hrabowski born a free man, as opposed to having to be freed.[6]"...

"Freeman King (1943–2002) was an American comedian known for such television shows and films as The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, Fletch, Dance Fever, Under The Rainbow, and The Buddy Holly Story.[1]

At the suggestion of Redd Foxx, King teamed with comedian Murray Langston and became regular performers on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.[1]

King died in Los Angeles at age 59 of a heart attack.[2][3]"...

"Freeman McNeil (born April 22, 1959) is an American former professional football player. He was selected by the New York Jets in the first round as the third overall pick of the 1981 NFL Draft.

Early life

McNeil was born in Jackson, Mississippi. His family later relocated to Los Angeles, California.

McNeil led Banning High School to the Los Angeles City football title.[citation needed] At 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 214 lb (97 kg) he attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a running back, where he was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection. In his final game, he caught a deflected pass from quarterback Jay Schroeder that was tipped by USC defensive back Jeff Fisher and went 57 yards for the winning touchdown with two minutes left in the Bruins' 20–17 win."...

"Freeman Osonuga is a Nigerian medical doctor, entrepreneur and the Chief Executive Officer of Adloyalty Business Network (AdloyaltyBN), who gained recognition when he volunteered as part of the African Union response team, during the Ebola virus epidemic in Sierra Leone in 2014.[1] He also founded the Dr Freeman Osonuga Foundation(DFO), a charitable organization to support orphans and people with disabilities in Nigeria.[2]


Born  Freeman Olamide Osonuga, 1984; Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria

Alma mater   Olabisi Onabanjo University

Occupation   Real estate entrepreneur, philanthropist, medical doctor

Known for  Time Person of the Year (2014)

"Freeman Briley Ransom (1880–1947) was born on his family's farm in Grenada, Mississippi as one of eleven children.[1] He became a lawyer, businessman, and civic activist practicing in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1910 until his death he served as legal counsel to Madam C. J. Walker and the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. He is buried in West Ridge Park Cemetery in Indianapolis.[2] Robert Brokenburr was his law partner.


After graduating from Grenada's black high school, Ransom graduated from Walden University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1908 with degrees in divinity and law and as valedictorian of both classes.[3] He completed post graduate work in the School of Law at Columbia University.[4]

Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company

Soon after his move to Indianapolis, Ransom became not only Madame Walker's attorney but also the general manager for the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. Under his leadership, the company became a national model for entrepreneurship in the United States and abroad in the African-American business community and far beyond."...

'Freeman Williams Jr. (May 15, 1956 – April 19, 2022) was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Portland State Vikings, where he was a two-time All-American and twice led the nation in scoring. He began his NBA career playing 2+1⁄2 years with the San Diego Clippers, and also had stints with the Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz and Washington Bullets."...

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