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Civil Rights Icon and Educator Opal Lee Celebrates 91st Birthday

Opal Lee and Scribners National civil rights activist Opal Lee, who more than once has walked through the South to the nation’s capital to advocate for a Juneteenth holiday, turned 91 on Sunday, October 8. The Historic Baker Chapel AME Church hosted a birthday celebration where Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner deliveredr remarks and joined the celebration.

“Miss Opal” --as she is known to many -- is a retired Fort Worth ISD teacher and counselor who is passionate about making June 19 — “Juneteenth” — a federal holiday. She has spent 40 years advocating for a Juneteenth Independence Day. Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865, when the last Southern slaves were freed in Texas after the Civil War. 

In January of this year, she led a walk to the Capitol to make her case again for a Juneteenth national holiday. She also walked to the Capitol in 2009.

Miss Opal personally invited Dr. Scribner to her birthday celebration to deliver remarks and provide information about the upcoming penny swap/bond election.


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