DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texans said goodbye to an iconic civil rights leader on Thursday. Adelfa Callejo passed away last weekend. She was 90 years old, but the Hispanic activist’s legacy will live on for many years to come.
Callejo was known as a fighter, feisty, and the Hispanic leader for North Texas. She fought cancer on three fronts and, even while she was recovering from the effects of chemo and radiation, her family said that she continued to work hard and advocate for Latinos and civil rights.
Callejo was the first Hispanic female to graduate from Southern Methodist University’s law school, and she challenged other people to be the first of their kind as well.
Although she and her husband never had any children of their own, Callejo was affectionately called La Madrina, or the Godmother of Dallas. Her passion was advocating for Hispanics, education, equal rights and the Democratic party.
Callejo was an attorney, practicing immigration and family law in a modest building located along Central Expressway. That is where many reporters went to get Callejo’s valued opinion on a wide range of issues that affected the Hispanic population. Callejo also liked to encourage others by telling about her financial success.
Callejo died on Saturday. She encouraged others by example. She served on numerous boards and commissions over the decades, and reminded all Hispanic leaders to remember where they came from. Her funeral was held on Thursday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas. Hundreds of people were in attendance.
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