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Frankie Muse Freeman
Attorney Frankie Muse Freeman, who turns 101 on November 24, attended the dedication of her bronze statue, accompanied by her daughter Shelbe Freeman Bullock. Photo courtesy of Multimedia PR Services
Civil Rights Atty. Frankie Muse Freeman Honored with Statue
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, November 22, 2017 - The St. Louis City Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) dedicated a permanent bronze statue honoring the venerable St. Louis attorney and national civil rights icon, Attorney Frankie Muse Freeman.

The sculpture, by Brian R. Owens, depicts Attorney Freeman leaving the courthouse after winning the landmark NAACP case Davis et al. v. the St. Louis Housing Authority, which ended legal racial discrimination in public housing. The work is installed in Kiener Plaza, at the landscaped corner of Broadway and Chestnut Street near the historic Old Courthouse.

The dedication, on November 21, was attended by St. Louis City NAACP Officials; Venerable Frankie Muse Freeman, Esquire; Shelbe Freeman Bullock, Fiber Artist; Maxine Clark & Bob Fox, Co-Chair Statute Campaign; William H. Danforth, M.D.; Claire McCaskill, United States Senator; Lyda Krewson, Mayor City of St. Louis, former Mayor Francis G. Slay; Bruce Franks, Jr., Missouri State Representative; Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President, CEO Centene Corp.; and, Rev. Darryl Gray, Missionary Baptist State Convention.

Attorney Frankie Muse Freeman began her celebrated legal career when she opened her private practice in St. Louis in 1949. Ms. Freeman was lead counsel in the landmark 1954 NAACP lawsuit against the St. Louis Housing Authority, which ended legal segregation of public housing.

In 1964, Attorney Freeman became the first woman appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where she served under five U.S. Presidents. Attorney Freeman also served as a U.S. Inspector General, GSA. With a career spanning 60 years of dedication to civil and human rights, Attorney Freeman was inducted into the National Bar Association's Hall of Fame in 1990; the Civil Rights Walk of Fame in 2007, and the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 2015. She was the recipient of the National NAACP's prestigious Spingarn Medal in 2011. Attorney Freeman is still a member of the City's NAACP Executive Committee.

In 2015, President Barack Obama appointed Attorney Freeman to serve as a member of the Commission on Presidential Scholars. Frankie Muse Freeman has fearlessly fought for justice her entire life and will turn 101 on November 24.

In a release, "Attorney Freeman has been an advocate for all, and it is time to publicly evoke her courage and her inspiring work in a significant, permanent way," said officials with the St. Louis City NAACP.

Frankie Freeman Statue Planning Committees: Freeman Statue Campaign Co-Chairs: William H Danforth, M.D.; Maxine Clark and Bob Fox; Gail and Michael Holmes; and, Donald M. Suggs

Freeman Statue Donors ($25,000 each): Ameren Charitable Trust; Centene Charitable Foundation; Maxine Clark and Bob Fox; William H. Danforth, M.D.; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Emerson; Eta Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; Honorable Sam and Marilyn Fox; Home State Health; Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg; Susan and Stephen Lipstein; Senator Claire McCaskill and Joseph Shepard; Cynthia and Ronald Thompson; and the Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church

St. Louis Receives Human Rights Score of 100
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 29, 2017 - The Human Rights Campaign has awarded the City of St. Louis a perfect 100 score on the Municipal Equality Index. The Municipal Equality Index is the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law, policy and services.

Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership's public position on equality. "It is more important than ever before to let our LGBTQ citizens know they are welcome in St. Louis," Mayor Lyda Krewson said. "We will continue to make sure St. Louis is an inclusive city and we hope this score will help us attract more LGBTQ families, business owners, and tourists."

These scores reflect years of hard work by dedicated civil servants and elected officials who recognized the need to enshrine basic protections into public policy," Krewson added. "I would like to thank the Human Rights Campaign for recognizing the work our public employees have done by awarding the City of St. Louis a perfect 100 recognition score," Krewson said.

St. Louis to Host Opioid Summit in December
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 29, 2017 - The United States is facing an epidemic of opiate overdose deaths. From 2000 to 2015 the rate of overdose fatalities due to heroin has quadrupled in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The City of St. Louis is experiencing a similar trend. The number of opiate-related overdose deaths including heroin that have occurred in the City of St. Louis is six times higher than it was ten years ago. In the last year alone, there were 276 opiate overdose deaths in the City which is a 108% increase from the previous year.

On December 5, 2017, St. Louis will host the final stop on a nine-city tour of Missouri to discuss the opioid crisis and action steps needed to curb this growing epidemic.

The Regional Health Commission, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis University, SSM Health, NCADA, the Missouri Department of Mental Health, the Missouri Insitute of Mental Health, the Missouri Office of Minority Health, Saint Louis County Department of Public Health, City of St. Louis, and the City of St. Louis Department of Health are working together to address this public health issue.

4th Annual 5K Turkey Trot
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, September 10, 2017 - The 4th Annual 5K Turkey Trot, on Thursday, November 23, 2017, is a family friendly charitable fund raiser for the Harvey Kornblum Food Bank. The presenters along with Olivette are Ameren Missouri and Barnes Hospital West.

Olivette's event is a chip timed event that has more than tripled in participation. This family friendly 5k run/walk course starts and ends at Stacy Park, down scenic Old Bonhomme Road and then through a paved tree lined path.

Long sleeve Tech T-shirts, entertainment, refreshments and giveaways make the race a fun way to start your Thanksgiving Day! Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome, but are asked to start at the back of the pack!

Post-race beer provided by Urban Chestnut Brewery @urbanchestnut, #UrbanEfforts and 4Hands @4HandsBrewery.

Early Registration (closes on November 7): $20 adults (19 and over) $12 children. Late Registration: $25 adults and $15 children. Register up until 7:45am race day.

100% of the proceeds benefit the Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry. Between 2014 and 2016 the Olivette Turkey Trot has donated more than $16,500 to the Pantry.

Visit to register or for more information on the event.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 Tackling Vacancy: St. Louis Land Bank Assessment
 City Secures $1 Million Federal Grant to Rapidly Re-house People Experiencing Homelessness
 Grand Opening Planned for Trojan Park
 City of St. Louis Launches Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
 Mayor Slay Launches St. Louis Riverfront Butterfly Byway at Bellerive Park
 "Adinkra Tower" Sculpture Dedicated on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

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