UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – A ragtime band kicked off the ceremony in the 6100 block of Delmar as the crowd gathered to honor a woman who has spent her career advancing the Civil Rights movement.
“I’m proud of the fact members of my family are here and I just love St. Louis,” says Frankie Muse Freeman, St. Louis Walk of Fame honoree.
Freeman spent her legal career helping others. She was lead counsel in the landmark 1954 lawsuit that ended legal segregation in public housing.
“She’s still active,” says Mayor Francis Slay. “She still cares, and is great, and she is one of my favorite St. Louisans of all-time.”
The 98-year-old was the first woman to be appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and helped the 1965 Voting Rights Act become a reality.
“She’s always said, ‘Don’t be a quitter’ and said, ‘When you get up in the morning, always have in mind how you’re going to help somebody,'” says St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green.
As for the trials and tribulations she’s experienced in her lifetime, you won’t this lawyer ever complaining
“And I certainly won’t be talking about it today, thank you,” says Freeman.
Sometimes it’s not what you say, but what you do that makes all the difference.