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Campaign Stop in Williamsburg, VA
First Baptist Church -- Aug 26, 2019 --


Dione Sims





Date: 08/19/2019

Ms.Opal Lee of Fort Worth, TX will continue her walking campaign for Juneteenth holiday awareness on Monday, August 26, one day after she receives theDistinguished Service Award fromthe400 Years of African-American History Commission’s Day of Healing event. In 2018, the commission was established to commemorate and educate the American public about the 1619 arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the English Colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia.

She relaunched her 2016 grassroots walking campaign to bring awareness to the need for Juneteenth to be a National Day of Observance last month in Detroit ahead of the second Democratic debate. She plans to walk 2.5 miles at each stop across the country tomobilize support from the 46 states that have Juneteenth as a holiday to sign the online petition to gather more than 100,000 signatures when the it goes live in October. If you don’t remember her walking campaign in 2016, check out

NEXT STOP Williamsburg, VA- With the eyes of the nation on Virginia for the historic Day of Healing, Ms. Lee, a retired schoolteacher, views the synergy between her walk and the commemoration events of the weekend as “two bookends that go great together, because without the first event there would have been no reason for the second.” She invites the community to come and walk with her from the Stryker Center to the historic First Baptist Church to ring the Freedom Bell. To participate in the walk, meet at the Stryker Center on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 10:30 AM where Ms. Lee will read her children’s book “Juneteenth A Children’s Story”before leading us on the walk.

A board member of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), Mrs. Lee has worked for over 40 years to ensure that the importance of Juneteenth as a unifying event is not forgotten. 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. 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

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