Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free
Written by Alice Faye Duncan
Illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo
“Freedom hope, and Joy Divine! Juneteenth means it’s Freedom Time!” This book features Opal Lee, the Grandmother of Juneteenth as she tells a group of children the story of Juneteenth and how it came to be. She told the children what Juneteeth was like for her as a kid because remembering the past is the key to a better future. Although it was detailed in the actual story, I was moved when I learned that at the age of 89, she walked to Washington, DC gathering signatures to call for Juneteenth to be named a national holiday. Read more >>
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Originally posted on June 19, 2022.