FORT WORTH — TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine’s FWMD LIVE chat welcomed two of America’s most prominent African-American women in activism and medicine to discuss the importance of Juneteenth and health care disparities facing African Americans.
The guest panelists were SOM visiting professor Velma P. Scantlebury, M.D., the nation’s first African-American female transplant surgeon, and Opal Lee, 94, Fort Worth’s Grandmother of Juneteenth. Her petition to U.S. lawmakers to make Juneteenth a national holiday has garnered more than 1.5 million signatures. Each year, she walks 2.5 miles, which represents the number of years it took before the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced in Texas.
They discussed the U.S. Senate’s resolution to unanimously establish June 19 Juneteenth National Independence Day as a U.S. holiday and steps African Americans can take to reduce health care disparities in their communities.
You can watch the full discussion below.
Here some links with more information on Opal Lee’s Juneteenth celebrations and information about health care disparities facing African Americans in the U.S.
- Senate passes Juneteenth bill: https://www.cnn.com/…/juneteenth-federal…/index.html
- More Info available on Opal’s Walk Live Caravan: https://www.opalswalk2dc.com/events/juneteenthftw
- Opal’s Walk Live Caravan FOX SOUL live stream on June 19, 2021 at 10 a.m. (CST): com/foxsoul
- Southern Living profile on Ms. Opal Lee: https://www.southernliving.com/…/opal-lee-grandmother…
- Variety Magazine Changemakers Summit “Pharrell Williams chats with Opal Lee” event and registration info link (June 17-18): https://bit.ly/3zbfjfc
- Juneteenth events in Fort Worth: https://www.juneteenthftw.com
- Read more about Fred Rouse in TCU Magazine: https://magazine.tcu.edu/…/adam-mckinney-fred-rouse…/
- TCU Alumni Association and TCU Magazine will host a panel discussion titled, ‘Never Too Late to Say His Name’ with Opal Lee (Wednesday, June 30 at 1 p.m.): https://www.youtube.com/c/TCUTexasChristianUniversity/live