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On December 1, 2016, Texas Governor's office commissioned Sophia Strother a 'Yellow Rose of Texas' for her efforts with Empowerment Driven by Knowledge Coalition (a non profit she founded in 2008). This is a result of her tireless efforts to raise awareness around domestic violence and sexual abuse and co-founding Juneteenth Family Fun Day in Waco, the largest celebration of African American freedom and accomplishments in Central Texas drawing over 5,000 annually. "The Yellow Rose of Texas Award" which is given only through the Office of the Governor to recognize women for their significant contributions to their communities and to Texas in the preservation of Texas history, the accomplishments of our present, and the building of the future.
The award is named for Emily Morgan, a 20-yr-old slave who was instrumental in the battle to win Texas’ independence, as she gave General Sam Houston’s troops Santa Anna’s location. Click Here to View Award