[Pnews] Bay Area Memorial and Celebration of the Lives of Roland and Ronald "Elder" Freeman

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Fri Nov 14 14:55:15 EST 2014

Freeman Brothers Memorial Service: More About Their Lives *Bay Area 
Memorial and Celebration of the Lives of Roland and
Ronald "Elder" Freeman*

TIME: *Sunday, November 23rd 2014, from 12-4pm*
PLACE:*Oakland Masonic Center, 3903 Broadway, Oakland, California 94611*

The Freeman Brothers were deeply involved in our communities, fighting 
tirelessly for social justice, while serving the people. Please join us 
to celebrate the lives of these two community servants.

*Ronald “Elder” Freeman

* Ronald Gene "Elder" Freeman was born on November 13, 1944 in Detroit, 
Michigan to the Glathie and Columbus Freeman Freeman. The family 
relocated to Los Angeles, CA in 1961. After being encouraged to attend a 
Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP) meeting by his brother 
Roland, he whole-heartedly embraced the movement and from that point on 
dedicated his life to fight for the rights of oppressed people.

Elder was a Field Secretary for the BPP. He relocated to the Bay Area 
where he was ordained Arch-Priest of the Saint John Will-I-Am Coltrane 
African Orthodox Church Jurisdiction of the West. He was also a 
cofounding member of All Of Us Or None, an organization dedicated to 
fighting for the civil and human rights of prisoners and 
formerly-imprisoned people.

He spearheaded many campaigns, was always engaged with his community, 
and continued his humanitarian work until he was no longer physically 
capable. Elder leaves to mourn Carmelita Taylor, mother of his two 
youngest children Menelik and Tiye (who preceded him in death), step-son 
Khalil, his oldest daughters Rhonda and Niteese, 7 grandchildren, and a 
host of family, comrades, and friends.

*Roland Freeman*

Roland Hugh Freeman was born on November 11, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan.  
During the time of the heightened racial tension of the 1960s, Ronald 
and Roland got involved in the struggle against racism, injustice, and 
police brutality against black people in Los Angeles and all over the 
U.S. He and Ronald joined the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in 
1968, under the leadership of Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter, who was the 
Deputy Minister of the Southern California Chapter of the BPP.

Roland, a section leader in the BPP who was known as “The Great 
Organizer,” was one of the members involved in the attack against the 
Party by the LA SWAT team on December 8, 1969 at the offices of 41^st 
and Central in L.A. He was eventually acquitted of charges brought on by 
the unlawful attack, after a lengthy trial.

Roland met Beveryly Mchill in 1970 at the Stockwell B.P.P office and 
approached her by asking “Do you want me to teach you how to march?” 
They married 2 years later. Roland also became a licensed insurance 
agent, the President of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), 
and the Co-Executive Producer of the film/documentary “41^st and 
Central” with Gregory Everett. Roland leaves to mourn his wife Beverly, 
son Roland Toure’, and daughter Mai, and a host of family, comrades, and 

*For more information: (415) 637-8195 
or manuel at prisonerswithchildren.org 
<mailto:manuel at prisonerswitrhchildren.org>*
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org

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