Opal Lee, the revered “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” and her granddaughter, Dione Sims, embarked on an extraordinary journey of love, commitment, and advocacy to ensure that Juneteenth would be recognized and […]
Dr. Opal Lee, “The Grandmother of Juneteenth” will be recognized by the Church of the Living God (3711 Biglow St., Dallas, TX 75216. Temple #145, Sunday, July 17, 2022, at 3:00 […]
By Steven Monacelli
Shortly after Juneteenth was officially declared a national holiday last year, nearly 40 African American women’s organizations across Tarrant County banded together to hold an award ceremony honoring the efforts of Ms. Opal Lee, an educator and leading activist in the movement to nationally recognize Juneteenth — the celebration that marks the day when slaves in Texas finally learned they had been declared free two years earlier. Dozens of community leaders gathered on July 18 to honor Ms. Lee, including Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Congressman Marc Veasey. The outpouring of monetary support for the event was so overwhelming that several thousand dollars were able to be set aside for a scholarship fund in Ms. Lee’s name.