Get to know Bill Freeman: Entrepreneur, supporter, friend

Bill Freeman

Bill Freeman

You may know Bill Freeman as a real estate mogul, an Obama supporter or a Democratic activist. But what most people might not know is that he is a humble man that has been involved in the African American community for years.

Freeman’s support for President Barack Obama is well known. He served as a member of President Obama’s national finance team. He was one of four Nashville men to raise $2 million for Obama’s re-election campaign. Freeman knew Obama when he was a senator. He said that he was inspired by his Organizing for Action movement and still is.

But what people might not know are all the people and causes he benefits behind the scenes. Freeman is a significant partner in the Black community in Nashville. President Obama might be the most known Black official he’s helped and supported but he’s not the only one. Freeman said helping Black judges, elected officials, and state representatives is something he has been doing for years.

Freeman has raised money as treasurer and finance chairman for many Black local and state political campaigns and officials. He has also been treasurer and finance chairman for the 1986 gubernatorial campaign of former Mayor Richard Fulton, for state Sen. Joe Haynes, and for Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Haynes, among others. He’s supported people like Walter Hunt and Mary Pruitt in the past as well.

His reason for helping? Freeman said we are all one as a people and supporting the community is something he’s believed, practiced and encouraged for decades.

“I don’t think anyone has worked harder than me when it comes to that,” said Freeman.

In addition to his political accomplishments, Freeman is also a strong community leader and active volunteer. He has served on the boards of the Tennessee State University Foundation, the Cumberland Heights Foundation, the Nashville Area YMCA, the Nashville Public Television Council, and is an alumnus of Leadership Nashville. Freeman said that education is important to him and he always likes to support anything in the community that is educational.

Freeman is a very successful, and I imagine very busy man—but that doesn’t stop him from doing public service in the community. He is dedicated to making a difference in Nashville as well as the entire state, and I believe he is doing that. We need people like Freeman in the Black community because it is beneficial to have faithful and passionate friends in high places.

I know that his work is not finished in the community, and I am looking forward to seeing what he will do next.