Opal Lee, Juneteenth and Thoughts of freedom

When Opal Lee was 91 years she was on a quest to make June 19 (today) a federal holiday. Juneteenth, historically, marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and brought news that slavery had been abolished some two and a half years earlier.

Opal is another amazing, honorary MOCCA Mum whose early years growing up in Texas belie her achievements later in life.

Three interesting facts about Opal’s childhood

  1. Opal didn’t go straight to college after graduation which was a disappointment to her mother.She did eventually earn her Bachelors after getting married, having four children and getting divorced.
    As a mum she worked at night at
  2. She did eventually earn her Bachelors after getting married, having four children and getting divorced.
  3. As a mum she worked at night at

  4. Convair (now Lockheed Martin) to support her children.


Today
in her 90’s Opal continues to actively take part in events and projects many of which are aimed at recognising Juneteenth as a federal holiday. This isn’t yet the case but her life story and the efforts she made desserve all the praise and recognition. At best it’s inspiring for future generations.

Just a thought: imagine being enslaved for 2 (more) years without knowing you were, legally, free? How would you celebrate or react when you find out?

Photo credit http://www.juneteenthftw.com/opal-lee-bio.html