Opal's Walk for Freedom
Fort Worth, TX
On Monday, June 19th, Ms. Opal Lee will complete her annual 2.5 mile walk to recognize the 2.5 years it took for the news and enforcement of freedom to reach the enslaved people in Texas.
Now a national holiday, Juneteenth celebrates the freedom gained when slavery was abolished all across the country. Unity Unlimited and Ms. Opal continue her walks to educate the nation on the importance of understanding that freedom is for everyone.
Register to walk virtually with Ms. Opal from any location or join our Opal's Walk Live events in a city near you. Join to support her continued mission to educate the country about freedom and Juneteenth's power to heal America.
Register to walk virtually with Ms. Opal from any location
Register for Opal’s Walk 2023 on Monday, June 19th to walk alongside Ms. Opal and recognize the Juneteenth holiday. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be local to participate!
While Ms. Opal Lee will walk and celebrate alongside her community in Fort Worth, Texas, she invites you all to walk the 2.5 miles with her, from wherever you may be.
Walk through your neighborhood, on a treadmill, at a local track or wherever you can. Gather family, friends, neighbors and colleagues to help spread the word!
The Real Opal Lee
Ms. Opal is a voice of history with a message for the future. Many consider her the “Grandmother of Juneteenth” but if you ask her who she is, she will tell you she’s “just a little old lady in tennis shoes getting in everybody’s business.”
at 89 years old she started her walking campaign for Juneteenth holiday awareness and launched an online petition that garnered 1.6 million signatures in support of the very idea. On June 17, 2021 she was present at the White House when President Biden signed the Juneteenth Independence Day Act that established June 19th of every year a national holiday.
At 96 years old, Dr. Opal Lee is still determined to see the Juneteenth national holiday be a reflective point of the year where we ask "Are we free yet?" because as she puts it "None of us are free if we're not all free." Conducting her annual walk all over the country will remind us to check the progress we've made.
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