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Featured Alumni Profile (April 2014)      

Leon Freeman, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, is a self-published, amateur photographer who haspublishedextremely interesting books filled with hundreds of pictures exhibiting his vast and diverse travels, experiences, and adventures throughout the world. He is a graduate of Lester High School in Memphis, and is a 1968 graduate of Lane College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He received hisMaster’s Degree in the discipline of Education from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis).

Freeman is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Freeman Properties, where he manages over 15 rental units. Before going into business for himself, he taught in the Memphis City School System for several years, and has been retired for 13 years.After retirement, hebegan his quest to understand all humanity and has visited a majority of the known and recognized countries on the planet Earth.

Between 1974 and 2013, Freeman has visited six of the seven continents, 112 countries/islands, and 27states. Throughout his travels,he has discovered that all people are ONE, and that we are related to one another on many levels. He gives thanks to God for having the opportunity to travel to many lands, and states that traveling broadens one’s understanding of human beings.

Freeman is a Life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Lane College National Alumni Association, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter). He is an associate member of the Africa Travel Association, and the President of the Usher Board of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church under the leadership of the Reverend Al Green. He is the father of one son, Dr. Leon Cinque Freeman, Jr.

Copies of the very interesting books that Freeman has penned may be acquired by contacting him at freemanmemphis@aol.com.

About his tenure at Lane College, Freeman shared the following:

“When I came to Lane, that was my first time leaving Memphis and I remember thinking that this placewas far from home. I was most impressed that students from all over the United States came to Jackson, Tennessee just to attend Lane College. As a student at Lane, I decided that I would one day travel the world. I came from very humble beginnings. I was not strong academically or socially. As a college student, I pledged Alpha and my fraternity gave me the encouragement I needed to succeed in college and in life. By my sophomore year, my self-esteem, and most importantly, mygrades, increased. I made the Dean’s List five times as a student at Lane…something that I never thought I could do. Because of Lane College and Alpha Phi Alpha, my life has been changed. I am eternally grateful for the opportunities afforded to me by being a student and graduate of Lane College.

Top Left Picture: Freeman befriends exotic mammal in the Republic of Madagascar.
Middle Right Picture: Freeman stands in front of the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Bottom Right Picture: Freeman donates prescription glasses to the Chief Physician at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, Africa.

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