RELATED: Iconic Texas Southern University debate coach Dr. Thomas Freeman dies at age 100
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Texas Southern University icon Dr. Thomas F. Freeman. The esteemed debate coach, orator and teacher began his career at TSU in 1949. pic.twitter.com/8XMltESbeE— Texas Southern University (@TexasSouthern) June 6, 2020
Freeman is known for training thousands of students to compete in speaking contests around the world, beating out competitors like Harvard and the University of Chicago.
RELATED: Legendary Texas Southern University debate coach Dr. Thomas Freeman turns 100
In more than six decades, Freeman earned thousands of awards and trophies for his service.
Freeman taught Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Congressman Mickey Leland, County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Grammy Award-winner Yolanda Adams, and even worked with actor Denzel Washington and a group of actors for the movie 'The Great Debaters.'
Today, we have lost a legend. A truly free man, who made every effort to liberate and mold the minds of the generations of leaders behind him. Dr. Thomas F. Freeman was not only a great debater but a great husband and father, a great minister, a great man, and a great friend.— Congressman Al Green (@RepAlGreen) June 6, 2020
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During an interview with Freeman on his 100th birthday, as far as his legacy, he said, "There's nothing I want to leave. What I've done, I've done."