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WALK IN BIRMINGHAM AHEAD OF HER BIRTHDAY
Birmingham, AL -- Oct 3, 2019 -- MEDIA ADVISORY
92-YEAR-OLD TO WALK IN BIRMINGHAM AHEAD OF HER BIRTHDAY

Date: 10/03/2019

After a break for medical evaluation, Ms. Opal Lee of Fort Worth, TX will be taking her campaign for a Juneteenth holiday to Birmingham, AL TODAY at 1:00 from Kelly Ingram Park. Having reached some of the candidates at the debate in Houston and completing her walk in Jersey City, NJ she’s not letting anything stop her from spreading the word about her awareness campaign.
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 and Oklahoma ahead of this sixth stop on her journey. She plans to walk 2.5 miles at each stop across the country to mobilize support for the Change.org online petition to gather more than 100,000 signatures when the it goes live in October. Check out www.opalswalk2dc.com/2016-media.html for the first campaign history
As she prepares to turn 93 on October 7th, Ms. Opal hopes that she will see legislation passed in both houses of congress that updates US Code 36 which lists our national observances and holidays.
A board member of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) since 1999, Mrs. Lee is giving it her all to ensure that the importance of Juneteenth as a unifying event is not forgotten. If anyone wants to follow her journey or register to be notified when to sign the petition, they can do so at www.opalswalk2dc.com, on Facebook @opalswalk2dc or Twitter & Instagram @opalsw2dc.
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