Elder Roland Freeman

Elder Roland Freeman

*UPDATED 10/28/2014 11:28 A.M. with the funeral services information.


Roland Freeman, Original Member of the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense Dies at 68

Roland Freeman, an original member of the Southern California Chapter of the Black Party for Self-Defense died Wed., Oct. 15 in New York at the LaGuardia Airport. Freeman was bringing back the ashes of his brother Ronald Freeman, 69, also an original member of the Black Panther Party who had passed away a week before on Oct. 8 from cancer in New York when he had a heart attack and immediately died.  Services will be held for Roland and Ronald on Fri. Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. at the Angelus Funeral Home located at 3875 South Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles.  The repast will follow at the Regency West at 3339 West 43rd Street in Leimert Park.  There is a need for help with volunteers and food.  For those interested in more information, please call Mohammed Mubarak at (323) 697-6783 or email qmubarak06@aol.com.

With the deaths of Ronald and Roland Freeman, three original Black Panther members from Los Angeles have passed away within the last two months including Wayne Pharr who died from cancer on Sep. 16. 

Elder Ronald Freeman

Elder Ronald Freeman

Ronald and Roland Freeman joined the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in 1967. They were both a part of the original membership of fewer than 20 people and were active participants in the shoot out on Dec. 8, 1969 involving over 300 LAPD officers and the SWAT team.

Roland was also one of the few original L.A. Black Panthers who stayed involved with the Movement until its end and lived to tell about it.  He was a co-executive producer and subject of the award-winning documentary film “41st and Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers.”

For the past 20 years, Roland was the director at the Community Youth Sports and Arts Foundation, a halfway house for troubled youth in Leimert Park.

Ronald stayed active with the Movement as well after moving to Oakland.  He leaves behind to celebrate his life three daughters, two sons, and his life partner Carmelita Taylor.

Roland, a longtime resident of Leimert Park leaves behind to celebrate his life his daughter Mai Freeman, son Roland Toure Freeman, and his wife Beverly.

Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Roland and Ronald Freeman

Friday, October 31, 2014
10 A.M.
Angeles Funeral Home
3875 Crenshaw Boulevard Los Angeles, CA

Repast to Follow at Regency West
3339 W 43rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90008

The family needs help with food and volunteers for the repast. Please email Mohammed Mubarak at qmubarak06@aol.com or call (323) 697-6783 if you can help.