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Ask residents of Fort Worth about Viola Pitts and you will likely hear about her tireless efforts to use voting to effect change. Ask people in west Fort Worth’s former resort community of Como who she was, and you will hear a more nuanced and personal description for the passionate activist known affectionately as “the unofficial mayor” of Como. 
Mrs. Opal Lee, activist, educator and community leader well-known for her contributions in Fort Worth, was born in Marshall, Texas, and lived there for 10 years of her life. Her first recollections of Juneteenth - the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery on the date that news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas in 1865 - were of the festivities held at the fairgrounds in the piney woods of her hometown. 
Bria Downey is a superstar chef and a leading lesbian in the Fort Worth food scene. She’s been recognized for her excellence in the kitchen — including a James Beard Award semi-finalist nomination — and is the Culinary Director at Roy Pope Grocery, a Fort Worth institution with over 75 years of history. She’s lived in the city now for five years and continues to find new reasons to love Fort Worth.