Opal Lee called last week. She wants everybody to know she’s now 89 — “I’m starting my 90th year!”
And about the new Texas license plate for Juneteenth, the 1865 “independence day” when America’s last slaves were liberated along with the Union Army landing at Galveston.
This year’s 150th anniversary of Juneteenth meant a lot to Lee, and not only because she leads the local celebration.
In 1939, when she was 13-year-old Opal Flake, her family made the news on Juneteenth.
The headlines read:
“Fort Worth Crowd Raids Negro Home”
“Negro Driven Out; Furniture Burned”