The Last Word: Opal Lee Shares a Lifetime of Wisdom at North Texas Girl Scouts Event

“Make yourself a committee of one.”

Opal Lee
Social activist and “Grandmother of Juneteenth”
.…sharing a lifetime of wisdom at a recent Lake Highlands Girl Scouts 3 Cs speaker event, via Lake Highlands Advocate.

There’s a reason Opal Lee’s portrait is on permanent display in the Texas Senate chamber in Austin. Known as the Grandmother of Juneteenth, the 97-year-old social activist worked tirelessly to ensure that Juneteenth would be recognized as a federal holiday. Earlier this month, she passed along some of her wisdom to a new generation at a Lake Highlands Girl Scouts “3 C’s” speaker event in Dallas.

“July 4th freed the land, but Juneteenth freed the people,” Lee told her audience, according to the Lake Highlands Advocate’s Carol Toler. “Everyone has the opportunity to find themselves in the Juneteenth story. It is part of our combined heritage of being an American.”

“Make yourself a committee of one…to change somebody’s mind,” Lee added. “Because if people can be taught to hate, they can be taught to love.”

You can read more about Lee’s life lessons in the Lake Highlands Advocate article.

For more of who said what about all things North Texas, check out Every Last Word.

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