Phil Freelon Speaks at Duke MLK Service

Phil Freelon Speaks at Duke MLK Service

It's fitting that Phil Freelon (LF '90) was a featured speaker at the annual Duke University Martin Luther King, Jr., commemoration service on January 16–“an architect of the people” honoring “an architect of peace and humanity.” Freelon spoke about his work, especially the new National Museum of African American History and Culture; his wife, singer Nnenna Freelon, performed; and Durham mayor Bill Bell lauded Freelon for his architectural achievements and for the Design a World Without ALS campaign, a collaboration between the new Freelon Foundation and the Duke ALS Clinic to raise $250,000 to support the clinic’s work.

In March Freelon was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurological disease, and in spite of his inclination to avoid personal publicity he has stepped forward to raise awareness about the disease. The Design a World Without ALS campaign will culminate on April 20 in a music and art celebration at the Carolina Theater in Durham, NC, for the presentation of the gift to the Duke ALS Clinic.

Read more in “On MLK Day, Thoughts on Capturing a Movement Through Architecture” and “Architect Phil Freelon wants to ‘Design a World Without ALS.’”

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