The Dallas Hispanic Bar Assocation Mourns the Loss of a Tireless Leader
The Hispanic community lost one of its finest advocates on Saturday with the passing of Adelfa Botello Callejo. Callejo was one of the founding members of the predecessor organization to the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA), the Mexican American Bar Association of Dallas. Callejo was a kind, generous soul who was always willing to give her support to individuals in need. But her legacy is much greater than that. She advocated tirelessly for changes intended to give Hispanics the tools needed to lift ourselves up and succeed. She laid the foundation for many of us to achieve, and we mourn the loss of a leader, a mentor, and a role model.
The DHBA was honored to present Callejo with its “La Luz” award in 2010, an award given to those who are trailblazers in lighting the path for Hispanics in the legal profession. The DHBA continues to support an organization founded by Callejo, Partners Against Crime and Drugs, by helping sponsor families every holiday season. She has left us now, but each of us can honor her every day by remembering and embodying the values for which she stood. Her tireless efforts have laid the foundation for us to continue our mission in her absence. Rest in peace, Adelfa Callejo.
Callejo’s funeral was held on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at La Virgen de Guadalupe Cathedral on Ross Avenue. The service was celebrated by Bishop Kevin Farrell. Following the funeral, Callejo’s family departed with her body for a private family burial.
See below for other media coverage regarding Adelfa’s legacy:
KERA Remembers Adelfa CallejoDallasNews.com – Obituray: Adelfa Callejo dies at 90DallasNews.com – Callejo Civil Rights Champion
Source: Dallas Hispanic Bar Association