Raise Your Voice!

Adelfa Callejo was known for being a fearless civil rights lawyer in the city of Dallas who fought for rights of immigrants, police scrutiny and pushed representation of Latinos in elected office.

Now, one more fight is being waged on her behalf; nearly six years after she passed away from brain cancer.

A bronze statue created in her likeness was set to be perched inside Dallas Love Field Airport, a prominent location for the millions of travelers that arrive here each year can learn her story and the contributions she made to Dallas.

But the location of the statue now remains in limbo after approval of the donation has stalled at the most recent Dallas City Council.

Dallas currently doesn’t have any statues of women. Callejo’s could be the first. This is an opportunity for Dallas to make history and we need your voice to be heard!

Click below to send a message to members of the Dallas City Council. Tell them you are in favor, and support, placing Adelfa Callejo’s statue inside Dallas Love Field. Tell them you want to make history by erecting the first statue of a woman in all of Dallas.

adelfa callejo statue at love field

Choose from the petitions below or customize your own petition, then click on “Submit Petition” and your message will be forwarded to the the council’s Quality of Life, Arts and Culture Committee.

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Adelfa

The Power of Education

The well-known civil rights attorney, Adelfa Callejo used her education to advance the causes that were dear to her and to her community: immigration, human rights and education itself. Adelfa often said that one of the reasons she was able to reach so many people and be so successful was because of her education. Adelfa advocated for education rights and reform because she believed that education empowers people and their community.

The Botello Callejo Foundation was created to fund Adelfa’s mission to fund scholarships and promote education by providing information on how individuals, educators and the community at large can help themselves by being informed, vocal and persuasive in education matters.

The Life of Adelfa Callejo

1923

Born on June 10, 1923 in Millett, Texas, Adelfa Callejo was the daughter of an immigrant Mexican father and a Mexican American mother.

1939

Adelfa graduated from Cotulla High School in 1939, being the first one in her family to graduate from High School and continue to College.

1961

Working as a secretary during the day, she attended night school at SMU, studying simultaneously for her B.A. and J.D. degrees. Adelfa B. Callejo was the first Hispanic woman to graduate from the SMU Dedman School of Law in 1961.

2006

On March 2, 2006 the SMU Women’s Symposium recognized Adelfa B. Callejo for her decades of service to the Hispanic community, her leadership in the promotion of Hispanic organizations both in and out of the legal profession, and her achievements as a leader in the Dallas community.

The SMU Dedman School of Law has named the Adelfa Botello Callejo Leadership and Latino Studies Institute in her honor.

2010

The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association presented 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.

2013

In April 2013, the Dallas Independent School District opened an elementary school named in her honor.

2014

On January 25, 2014 Callejo died at 90, surrounded by her family.

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Statue of Dallas’ Adelfa Callejo ready to take a stand

The 10-foot-high, 1,500-pound statue stands like Callejo once did in civil rights circles, tall and proud, yet, for the moment, without a home or a specific date when it will make the 1,128-mile journey from Mexico City to Dallas, a trip that could be months away.

Adelfa’s Statute Fundraising Event