TSU memorial honors iconic debate coach Dr. Thomas Freeman

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Texas Southern University honored legendary debate coach Dr. Thomas Freeman during a memorial Tuesday. Freeman passed away at 100 years old.

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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.

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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.'



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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."
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