FORT WORTH - On Tuesday, we brought you the inspirational story of Fort Worth resident Opal Lee, an 89 year-old woman looking to get Juneteenth officially recognized as a national holiday.
Like many of those who`ve sought social change, she's planning to march but not to City Hall. We're talking about all the way to the White House!
Thursday night, we caught up with Opal for the start of her long journey to bring attention to her cause. "People have been trying to get this to be a national holiday for a while and it hasn't happened,” said Opal, “Maybe Congress and the President will say 'We don't want that woman dying on our watch’."
"People have been trying to get this to be a national holiday for a while and it hasn't happened,” she said. “Maybe Congress and the President will say 'We don't want that woman dying on our watch.'"
Opal plans to walk 10 miles a day and sleep in the back of her SUV until she reaches Washington D.C. She does have at least one pit stop planned along the way.
"I'm going to be able to address the Black Caucus on the 15th, which means I have to fly up there, fly back and start wherever I stopped walking."
The Baker Chapel AME Church gave Opal a rally of support as she begins her long walk to Washington D.C. Opal has until September 27th to collect 100,000 signatures to get an official response from the White House.
Good luck out there Opal!