With supporters by her side and behind her, 95-year-old social activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Opal Lee arrived led another Walk For Freedom on Saturday.
Lee is best known as the "Grandmother of Juneteenth", pushing for years to make June 19 a federal holiday. Her campaign has included an annual 2.5-mile walk through Fort Worth, symbolizing the years it took for the enforcement of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to reach Texas.
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"I advocate that we celebrate freedom from the 19th of June until the 4th of July," Lee said Saturday. "Can’t you just imagine 3 million people on the same page? We can turn this country around."
Juneteenth was an official federal holiday on June 17, 2021. Continuing her mission to educate others, Lee led the walk Saturday which started at the Evans Avenue Plaza and ended at the new Fort Worth City Hall building.
Roy Dixon was one the hundreds who walked alongside Lee on Saturday. Dixon flew from Philadelphia to support a friend who was assisting in the production of the "I Am Juneteenth" festival, which followed after the walk. Dixon said he wanted to be a part of the actual walk itself.
"Sometimes you got to think outside of the box, you know what I mean?" he said. "After the cars, the clothes, the jewelry. What’s going to have some real meaning in my life?"
Upon reaching the 2.5-mile mark of the walk, Lee claimed aboard a golf cart for the remainder of the route uphill to Fort Worth's new City Hall.
She called for both 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 from it and never let it happen again," she said. "If people can be taught to hate, they can be taught to love."
After raising the Juneteenth flag, celebrations continued with “I am Juneteenth Festival” at Panther Island Pavilion culminating with a fireworks show.