To promote racial and economic justice in the Greater Pittsburgh area through education and direct relief.
After witnessing the gradual erosion of the economic base in the historic Hill District o the City of Pittsburgh by so-called “community developers” in the early 1960’s, the founders of Freedom Unlimited, Inc. had the forethought and resources to purchase property in an effort to preserve the historic dignity of a community plagued by poverty and psychologically enslaved by racism.
Hear from Founding Members Alma Speed Fox and Byrd R. Brown.
Alma Speed Fox, Founding Member
(Feb. 18, 1923 - Jan 24, 2022) A champion of human rights and an advocate for women, Alma is a founding member and President Emeritus of Freedom Unlimited, Inc. Longevity and faithfulness are the hallmarks in all of Alma’s community service work. She was one of the founding members of the Council of Black Federal Employees and served as Vice President. She was the Convenor and President of the East Hills National Organization for Women (NOW) and a member of the national Board of Directors of NOW. She was co-chair of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Convenor of the Allegheny County Women’s Political Caucus. Alma received more than 30 awards recognizing the value of her community service work in Greater Pittsburgh. President Emeritus of the City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, she served for 33 years including two terms as President. She also served as a member of the board of directors for Gwen’s Girls and the Women and Girls Foundation. On October 23, 2018 Alma was the first woman to receive the Key to the City of Pittsburgh.