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This 89-Year-Old Is Walking To Make Juneteenth A National Holiday

Opal Lee plans to turn 90 on her walk to the nation's capital. Behind her is Willie Johnson, principal of E.B. Comstock Middle School in Dallas, who joined her for a leg of the walk. (Christopher Connelly/KERA News)
Opal Lee plans to turn 90 on her walk to the nation's capital. Behind her is Willie Johnson, principal of E.B. Comstock Middle School in Dallas, who joined her for a leg of the walk. (Christopher Connelly/KERA News)

Opal Lee, an 89-year-old woman from Fort Worth, Texas, is on a mission to make Juneteenth a nationally observed holiday.

Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, was the day word arrived in Texas that slavery had been abolished. To bring attention to her cause, she’s on a symbolic walk to Washington.

Christopher Connelly from KERA in Dallas reports.

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Christopher Connelly, reporter covering Fort Worth, Texas, for KERA. He tweets @hithisischris.

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