Press Releases > New Jersey Welcomes Opal's Walk for Juneteenth
New Jersey Welcomes Opal's Walk for Juneteenth
Jersey Sity, NJ -- Sep 23, 2019 --

92-YEAR-OLD OPAL LEE TO WALK In JERSEY CITY To Emphasize the Importance, of Juneteenth becoming A National Day of Observance in our Country Monday, September 23rd Come Join Her!!!!!! Ms. Lee relaunched her 2016 grassroots walking campaign to bring awareness to the need for Juneteenth to be a National Day of Observance in July in Detroit, walked in Virginia, Oklahoma and Houston ahead of this fifth stop on her journey. She plans to walk 2.5 miles at each stop across the country to mobilize support for the online petition to gather more than 100,000 signatures when the it goes live in October. Check out for the first campaign history.

We’ll meet at Lincoln Park near President Lincoln statue Belmont & J. F. Kennedy Blvd. 12:30 pm. Our walk begins at 1:00 pm Sharp from Belmont Avenue to Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, for Prayer led by Rev. Eli D. Smith Senior Pastor. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to 2,000 at Metropolitan on March 27, 1968. Days before his Assassination April 4, 1968. This was part of a Rev. King New Jersey tour intended to garner support for his “Poor People Campaign”. We then move on to 97- 99 Clifton Place. Built circa 1854 The Hilton-Holden Homestead is considered to be Hudson County’s only surviving safe house on the Underground Railroad.

Immediately following the walk the City of Jersey City Cultural Affairs and FDJC are hosting a VIP reception for Registered Walkers and Special Guest Only at the Apple Tree House 298 Academy Street JCNJ. Anyone who wants to register to walk call 201-451-3200 or cell 201-681-1116 (Mofalc, NJ State Director for NJOF). We Walk for A Holiday that could Unite the Country To follow her journey or register to be notified when to sign the petition, they can do so at, on Facebook @opalswalk2dc or Twitter & Instagram @opalsw2dc.

Sponsored By: The Frederick Douglass Juneteenth Celebration (FDJC) and The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)