Opal Lee, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, was at the Rangers’ game on Friday night to celebrate Jackie Robinson’s Day.
ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas native Opal Lee, known as “Juneteenth’s Grandmother,” launched her first ceremonial throw at the Texas Rangers game Friday night.
Lee, 95, and other local civil rights organizations were present at Globe Life Field to celebrate Jackie Robinson’s Day. April 15, 2022 marks 75 years since Robinson became the first black major league baseball player of the modern era.
All MLB players, coaches and other staff took the number 42 on Friday in honor of Robinson.
Lee, who calls it the home of Fort Worth, is known for his 40-year drive to make Juneteenth a national holiday. June 19, 1865 is destined to mark the day slavery ended and the Emancipation Proclamation was officially recognized in Texas on June 19, 1865.
His work paid off when President Joe Biden signed a bill in June 2021 to turn Juneteenth into a federal holiday. Lee attended the signing of the bill in person.
His recognition did not stop there.
Earlier this year, members of Congress took a step further and sought to nominate Lee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Texas Congressman Marc Veasey and 33 other members sent a letter to the award committee to nominate her for the 2022 award.
“Her tireless efforts over the decades and her work to promote understanding and respect among individuals of different backgrounds and socioeconomic levels, along with her ongoing mission for equality, is why members of Congress have proudly appointed Ms. Opal Lee for the Nobel Peace Prize, “he said. letter indicated.
Opal Lee launches his first pitch in the Texas Rangers game
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