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Memphian becomes Fulbright Scholar

(Source: Purdue.edu) (Source: Purdue.edu)
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Memphis native Jonathan Freeman will travel to South Africa this summer as a Fulbright Scholar. Freeman is a graduate student at Purdue University, pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies. 

Freeman's research examines the role of African-American musical recording artists in the anti-apartheid movement. Freeman said growing up in Memphis, the Mississippi Delta and Kansas City lead him to his studies. He said growing up in regions of the country where local music, soul, and narratives of black life were important parts of day-to-day life were hugely influential in his life.  Freeman said he became fascinated with social injustices, black liberation struggles abroad, and protest music from the Civil Rights era and post-civil rights era.

The trip will be Freeman's second trip to South Africa.  He traveled Cape Town as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow in 2011.  Freeman currently serves as Vice Chair of Development for the Mellon Mays Professional Network.  He plans to mentor undergraduate fellows during his Fulbright year while at the University of Witswatersrand in South Africa.

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