Watch Opal’s Walk for Freedom Live on June 18 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Watch Opal’s Walk For Freedom Live On June 18 – Nbc 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Watch Opal'S Walk For Freedom Live On June 18 – Nbc 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

With supporters by her side and behind her, 95-year-old social activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Opal Lee arrived leading another Freedom Walk on Saturday.

Lee is best known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” pushing for years to make June 19 a federal holiday. Her campaign included an annual 2.5-mile walk through Fort Worth, symbolizing the years it took for President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to reach Texas.

PHOTOS: Opal’s Walk for Freedom 2022

NBC 5’s live coverage of Opal’s Walk for Freedom, produced by Unity Unlimited, Inc. it was part of their month-long celebration of Juneteenth Fort Worth.

“I advocate that we celebrate the freedom of 19º from june until 4º July,” Lee said Saturday. “Can’t you imagine 3 million people on the same page? We can transform this country.”

Juneteenth was an official federal holiday on June 17, 2021. Continuing his mission to educate others, Lee led the walk on Saturday, which began at Evans Avenue Plaza and ended at Fort Worth’s new City Hall building.

Opal Lee’s Freedom Walk roamed the streets of Fort Worth on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Check out highlights of the 2.5-mile walk marking the time it took slaves in Texas to discover they were free thanks to the Proclamation of Emancipation.

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Roy Dixon was one of hundreds who walked alongside Lee on Saturday. Dixon flew in from Philadelphia to support a friend who was helping with the production of the “I Am Juneteenth” festival that followed after the hike. Dixon said he wanted to be part of the walk itself.

“Sometimes you have to think outside the box, you know what I mean?” he said. “After the cars, the clothes, the jewelry. What’s going to have any real meaning in my life?”

Upon reaching the 2.5 mile mark of the hike, Lee claimed to board a golf cart for the remainder of the route to the new Fort Worth City Hall.

She called for unity and change, particularly in the education system.

“I want the books to tell the truth, whether it’s good, bad, ugly. We need to know, so people can heal and never let it happen again,” she said. “If people can be taught to hate, they can be taught to love.”

After completing Opal’s Walk for Freedom through Fort Worth on Saturday, Dr. Opal Lee spoke to a crowd of supporters and advocated celebrating Juneteenth’s freedom through Independence Day.

After raising the Juneteenth flag, the celebrations continued with “I am Juneteenth Festival” at the Panther Island Pavilion, culminating in a fireworks show.

Opal Lee is known as “Juneteenth’s grandmother”. But how did she get there? It started with a hike from Fort Worth to Washington DC and ended with President Joe Biden signing a bill officially recognizing the day as a national holiday. Lee spoke with LX News storyteller Beth Peak about her journey to this point.

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