Dr. Freeman is originally from a small town in Alberta, Canada. For 20 seasons Dr Joel Freeman served as mentor/chaplain for the NBA Washington Bullets/Wizards (1978-1998). This is when his interest in Black History was launched after a number of conversations with pro athletes. Approximately 15 years later he began the development of what has become a comprehensive Black History Collection.
Dr. Freeman is the cofounder and coauthor of Black History 365®, the K-12 curriculum that is being adopted by public & private schools across America -- which engages all ages from K to gray.
Dr. Freeman is also a popular speaker on the topic of Black History, speaking at Blacks In Government, NASA, Department of Justice, NIH, Verizon, ICE, Frostburg State University, Walter Reed Medical Center, AISA (Association of International Schools of Africa), SSA, FBI, ASALH (Assoc. for the Study of African American Life & History), Baltimore City Community College, Los Alamos National Laboratory and many other organizations around the world.
On certain occasions, Freeman will bring 20-30 pieces of the TFI Black History Collection when invited to speak on the intriguing topic, “A White Man’s Journey Into Black History“®.
Many documents and artifacts from The Freeman Institute Black History collection were showcased in the United Nations’ 75-day “Transatlantic Slave Trade” exhibition (both 2011 & 2012) held at the UN headquarters in NYC.
Well over a total of a million visitors reviewed both exhibits at the United Nations (2011 & 2012).
Also some of Freeman’s items have been featured in the ongoing UN-sponsored exhibition traveling around the world (Madagascar, Switzerland, Turkey, Bolivia, Sierra Leone, Colombia, South Africa, Mexico, Cameroon, & more.
Freeman has also exhibited items from The Freeman Institute Black History Collection in a number of other venues around North America, including the White House Communications (WHCA), Clinton Presidential Library, Rutgers University, Harlem Book Fair, US Department of Justice, NSA, Frostburg State University, NOAA, EPA, NASA, NPR, NIH, Howard University, Blacks In Government, Eastfield College, FBI, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, US Secret Service, NTSB, and many more sites.
Dr. Freeman has been the recipient of well over 50 awards, citations, and honors. An example of one is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “We Share The Dream” Award, with Baltimore Mayor as keynote speaker and the Maryland Governor as another honoree at the oldest annual MLK awards dinner event (est. 1988) in the Baltimore/Washington region.
Freeman collects and studies vintage handwritten letters and first edition books, especially from the 16th century all the way to mid 20th century. He’s a big fan of primary source material. Dr. Freeman has cobbled together an a comprehensive article “Confessions of a Budding Truthcentrist.” In it he seeks to provide an even-handed definition and critique of both Afrocentrism & Eurocentrism.