When Ms. Opal Lee speaks, everyone listens. The “Grandmother of Juneteenth” was the featured speaker at the City of Dallas’ Black History Month Event on Monday at City Hall.
The event, sponsored by the Office of Community Police Oversight, Office of Equity & Inclusion and Office of Arts & Culture also featured the Rob Holbert Band, dinner and presentations from the Youth Commission, under the leadership of Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn King Arnold.
Tonya McClary, Martine Elyse Philippe and Dr. Lindsey Wilson shared information about their departments and encouraged public/community participation in a discussion moderated by Assistant City Manager Liz Cedillo-Pereira. City Manager T.C. Broadnax introduced Ms. Lee and videos about her work.
Sharing that she was 96 years old, Ms. Lee talked about the need for everyone to work together and for each person to make an effort to solve the problems of the world, She also praised shared information about the Juneteenth Museum coming to Fort Worth, but will require $70 million.