Juneteenth: Meet Opal Lee, The ‘Grandmother’ Of Juneteenth

Opal Lee, nicknamed the Grandmother of Juneteenth, saw her family’s home in Fort Worth, Texas, burned to the ground by a mob of 500 white rioters. The date was June 19, 1939. In January 2017, she arrived at the Nation’s Capital, completing a five-month march that urged lawmakers to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. AtContinue reading “Juneteenth: Meet Opal Lee, The ‘Grandmother’ Of Juneteenth”

Juneteenth Part 1 of 3: Did You Know? 

Like much of African American history, the road to understanding, acknowledging, and celebrating Juneteenth has been a hard-fought battle. Three months after rebellious Southern states refused to relent to the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. This happened in a moment millions had been praying for at WatchContinue reading “Juneteenth Part 1 of 3: Did You Know? “