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File #: 210644    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/24/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/24/2021
Title: Honoring and congratulating Ms. Opal Lee for her tireless efforts to have Juneteenth recognized as a national holiday.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Parker
Attachments: 1. Signature21064400
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6/24/20210 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and Moved to Be Placed on This Week's Final Passage Calendar - Rules Suspended   Action details Not available
6/24/20210 CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED   Action details Not available
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Honoring and congratulating Ms. Opal Lee for her tireless efforts to have Juneteenth recognized as a national holiday.

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WHEREAS, Ms. Opal Lee was born on October 7, 1926, in Marshall, Texas, but later moved to Fort Worth, Texas at 10 years old; and

WHEREAS, On June 19, 1939, at the age of 12, her childhood home in Fort Worth was raided and burned down by a white mob, a moment which served as the catalyst for her lifelong dedication to activism; and

WHEREAS, After graduating from high school, Ms. Lee started a family and went on to attend Wiley College to earn her Bachelor's of Arts degree in 1953; and

WHEREAS, She spent her years in college learning to become a mentor, educator, and leader in the classroom and post-graduation as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Lee went on to teach elementary students for 15 years before she pushed herself to earn a Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance from North Texas State University. She went on to serve as a Home/School Counselor until her retirement in 1977; and

WHEREAS, Retiring gave Ms. Lee the time and opportunity to become even more involved in the community, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, participating in her local church, and helping to organize and celebrate Juneteenth every year in Fort Worth for more than 40 years as well as joining the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation and pushing for national recognition for over 20 years; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Lee helped found the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society with civil rights activist Lenora Rolla; and

WHEREAS, In 2016, Ms. Lee, at 89 years old, launched "Opal's Walk 2 D.C." to bring attention to the importance of commemorating Juneteenth and our ancestor's fight for freedom and equality; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Lee left Fort Worth in September 2016 walking 2.5 miles where she was invited all across America to represent the 2.5 years it took for enforcement of the Emancipation Procla...

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