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Kickoff Walk in Detroit
Hart Plaza to 2nd Baptist Church -- Jul 30, 2019 --

 

















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CONTACT:  Dione Sims   682-738-6055   unityunlimited@hotmail.com


 


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92-YEAR-OLD OPAL LEE COMPLETES SYMBOLIC WALK IN DETROIT AHEAD OF DEMOCRATIC DEBATES FOR JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY AWARENESS


 


Date: 07/30/2019


Ms.Opal Lee of Fort Worth, TX walked 2.5 miles with Detroit residents yesterday as she kicked off has grassroots walking campaign to bring awareness to the need for Juneteenth to be a National Day of Observance. Her goal is tomobilize support from the 46 states that have Juneteenth as a holiday to sign the Change.org online petition to gather more than 100,000 signatures when the it goes live.


If you don’t remember her walk in 2016 check out www.opalswalk2dc.com/2016-media.html


Ahead of the Democratic Debates, Lee and the 25 Detroit residents who joined her didn’t let the rain keep them from completing her walk from Hart Plaza to the historic Second Baptist Church Underground Railroad Museum in support of getting legislation passed for the holiday.


A board member of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), Ms. Lee has worked for over 40 years to ensure that the importance of Juneteenth as a unifying event is not forgotten in her city. NJOF is asking that we contact our two senators and ask them to support Juneteenth legislation to update US Code 36 which lists our national observances and holidays.


Thanks to the Juneteenth Michigan Chapter, Juneteenth Jubilee, Juneteenth Detroit: The New Community, Detroit Police Department and 105.9 Kiss-FM for their support. If anyone wants to support her efforts financially, follow her journey or register to be notified when to sign the petition, they can do so at www.opalswalk2dc.com.


 


Follow her journey on Facebook @opalswalk2dc, Twitter & Instagram @opalsw2dc 


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