Human rights champion for more than 4 decades

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Alma Speed Fox, president of Freedom Unlimited Inc. and community activist for years, is a celebrated Pittsburgh Civil Rights advocate, who has helped blaze a trail that young Black Pittsburghers have the opportunity to follow today. The 89-year-old retired equal opportunity manager with the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Mines, Fox has been active in local politics since joining the state and local NAACP branches in 1955.

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ALMA SPEED FOX

In addition to serving on the Pittsburgh NAACP’s board of directors for the past 45 years, she was a 32-year member of the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, established the East Hills National Organization for Women, served as vice president of the Pittsburgh National Organization for Women, was co-chair of the Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women and convener of the Allegheny County Women’s Political Caucus.

Fox is a founding member of the Council of Black Federal Employees, a member of the Gwen’s Girls and founding president of Freedom Unlimited Inc., an organization designed to address race relations.

The Freedom Unlimited Annual Holiday Food Drive has raised more than half a million dollars, which provides more than 12,000 food packages for hungry families throughout the county. Her efforts have been recognized in several ways, including naming the building that houses the Pittsburgh NAACP, Freedom Unlimited and the House of the Crossroads building after her, as well as having her name engraved on Freedom Corner. She was selected as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 50 Women of Excellence in 2009.

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