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After decades, Opal Lee finally gets her day off

Posted on AllSides June 19th, 2021
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Opal Lee was 12 when a mob of white supremacists vandalised and set fire to her family's home in Fort Worth, Texas.

Helpless, she watched her home burn to the ground as police stood by, doing nothing to stop the violence.

The attack happened in 1939 on 19 June, a symbolic date that commemorates the end of slavery in the US.

Known as Juneteenth, the date would leave a lasting impression on Ms Lee, who channelled her experiences of racism into a life of teaching, activism and campaigning.

"The fact...

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