Frieda Ellen Lindsey Snead was born on Saturday, November 21, 1953, the first and only daughter of two children to Charles Samuel Lindsey Sr. and Ralpheen Reid Lindsey of Albany, Georgia.
A sociable and socially conscious person, Frieda attended segregated schools through 9th grade: Hazard Laboratory School, at Albany State College, from kindergarten through 7th grade, and Southside Junior High School for 8th and 9th grades. With the passage of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Brown versus Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas case in May 1954, which was tied to the 14th amendment, segregated schools were declared to be unconstitutional. Despite aggressive resistance by local white power structures, court-ordered integration was established in Albany. Frieda, along with her childhood best friend, voluntarily integrated Albany High School in 1968. She was a trailblazer, to say the least. Upon graduation from high school, Frieda attended Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) and continued the postsecondary collegiate tradition of the Reid and Lindsey families. While at Tuskegee, she became a member of the incomparable Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Gamma Tau Chapter.
After graduating from Tuskegee in 1974, Frieda returned to Albany, Georgia, to pursue a career in social work. She worked for 10 years at the Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) and, with the establishment of Georgia’s Pre-K program serving at-risk four-year-old children and their families in 1992, Frieda was selected to lead the implementation of the program in Leesburg, Georgia. She married the love of her life, Joe Malone Snead, in 1992 and proudly raised two children. She retired from the Dougherty County School System in 2012 and was joyfully serving as a long-term substitute teacher at Westover High School until the time of her passing.
Frieda had a life anchored in service. She had deep-rooted ties that reached through the Albany community and beyond. She was extensively involved with her childhood church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and her sorority via the Albany (GA) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She also served as a long-time member of The Utilis Matronae Club Incorporated, and president of the Tuskegee Alumni Chapter of Albany, Georgia.
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