Legendary St. Louis attorney and civil rights icon Frankie Muse Freeman is fulfilling a dream by lending her name to a fundraising initiative for the long-term survival of another local icon, The Black Rep.
Through the Frankie Muse Freeman Giving Guild, Mrs. Freeman is leading a community-wide effort to sustain the quality and excellence of The Black Rep, which is now in its 38th season. By providing contributions of $1,000 or more to the Giving Guild, supporters will ensure that The Black Rep, one of the few remaining Black theaters in the nation, can continue its mission for years to come.
At a reception recently for charter members of the Frankie Muse Freeman Giving Guild, Mrs. Freeman was adamant about the need to support the hometown, cultural institution. “We have an obligation to make sure that The Black Rep not only survives, but that it thrives,” Mrs. Freeman said. “I am very proud to lend my name on behalf of the The Black Rep, which has enriched our lives for more than three decades.”
While memberships to the Frankie Muse Freeman Giving Guild start at $1,000, supporters can give at various levels, including the $10,000 “Muse” category, which already include St. Louis notables David and Joyce Price, Tom and Jeanne Townsend, James Butler and St. Louis American Publisher, Dr. Donald Suggs.
Joyce Price, a long-time member of the Board of Directors at The Black Rep, said the Frankie Muse Freeman Giving Guild is a major initiative that’s long overdue. “David and I know for sure that people enjoy coming to The Black Rep for its thought provoking and relevant productions,” said Price. “It takes financial resources to produce excellent theatre, and we’re encouraging everyone to help make this fundraising initiative a success.”
The Black Rep Founder and Producing Director Ron Himes said he was thankful for Mrs. Freeman’s willingness to go to bat for The Black Rep. “Mrs. Freeman has wanted to do this for years,” Himes said, “and we are grateful that it is finally happening.” He said the initiative is off to a great start and urged potential supporters to learn more about becoming members by visiting www.theblackrep.org or contact The Black Rep at 314.534.3807.