Shirley L. Freeman

Shirley Freeman, a lifelong learnernwith decades of teaching experience, has an educational background in sociology. She has spent 20 years as a classroom teacher — focusing on high school English and journalism, as well as tutoring young college students toward improved writing skills. 


Shirley curated The Freeman Institute® Black History Collection of over 3,000 genuine documents and artifacts and serves as administrator of the collection. This comprehensive collection chronicles Black history from ancient Africa and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to Emancipation, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights Movement – as well as, Black accomplishments in science, social reform, athletics, arts, and entertainment. 


Her experience as a classroom teacher has informed and enhanced her desire for accurate and honest dialogue regarding the history and the literature that shapes the conversation.