Ninety-Year-Old Walks 1,360 Miles To Raise Juneteenth Awareness

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Opal Lee, 90, of Fort Worth is planning on walking from Fort Worth to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness on her campaign to get congress to sign into a law a national day of observance for Juneteenth, the celebration that commemorates the abolition of slavery.

“People need to know that Juneteenth is a unifying celebration,” said Lee.

She plans on walking up to 10 miles every day. The trek from Fort Worth to Washington D.C. is about 1,360 miles.

Mrs. Lee added, “You’ve got to do what you got to do. So, I’m just going to do it.”

The Fort Worth resident who normally walks about 1 to 2 miles a day won’t be alone on her long journey. A crew of people will walk with her at all times and she is hoping to make new friends along the way.

“There will be people along the way who might want to go a mile or two,” she said. “Hey you aren’t going to be here forever. So all these things you’ve been thinking about. You better do something about it, and do it quick”

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  1. Baron Suru says:

    Judging from the (lack of) replies, there’s obviously a lot of interest in this. /s

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