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St. Louis History in Black and White: From Dred Scott to Barack Obama


Civil Rights: 1960-2010,Rule of Law vs. Civil Disobedience

Among the names of those who have been most involved in advancing civil rights in St. Louis, the names of Frankie Freeman and Percy Green are prominent. Frankie Freeman has been active for most of her nine decades. Percy Green has been involved for half that time, but their contributions have been significant. Freeman, an attorney, has contributed through her work on integrating public housing. She spent 16 years on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Percy Green has been an outspoken activist who made national headlines with a bold scaling of the St. Louis Gateway Arch to protest inequities in construction employment. He engineered disruptions of the Veiled Prophet Ball for the same reason. Freeman and Green used different approaches in their battle against discrimination. She, the rule of law. He, civil disobedience. Nonetheless, their objective was the same.

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Frankie Freeman, attorney and civil rights activist

Percy Green, civil rights activist



Additional information about this episode:

Civil disobedience site

Civil disobedience background

Examples of civil disobedience

Civil liberties

Rule of law

Rule of law background

Percy Gren: Man of Action

Unveiling the Veiled Prophet

Frankie Freeman tribute video

Frankie Freeman interview video

Percy Green on VP Fair video


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