Miss Opal Puts Cross Country Walk on Pause for 90th Birthday Party

FORT WORTH -- If anyone deserves to take a seat, it's Opal Lee. Not that she seems too worried about it.

"I've just had what they call a 'Boss Time.' I really have," Lee told NewsFix Sunday.

We were there when Miss Opal started her walk to Washington D.C. on September 1. Her plan is to get national attention and convince President Obama to make Juneteenth a national holiday. She's had to adjust her routine a bit, though.

"I thought I could do five miles in the morning and five in the afternoon," she said. "Well, my body says, 'If you get 2.5 out of us and 2.5 out in the afternoon, you're doing real good.'"

But the message has spread like wildfire.

"The young people who knew absolutely nothing about Juneteenth because they hadn't been taught, they embraced it wholeheartedly. They walked with me," Lee said.

Everybody gets a birthday break, though. Miss Opal just turned 90! When she came home to celebrate, family from all over the country were here to join in.

"It was the biggest surprise! I'm overwhelmed, and I don't get overwhelmed often," Lee said.

After Sunday, it's right back to pounding the pavement. She needs your help, though!

Here's your task.

First, sign her petition  on the White House website to make Juneteenth a national holiday. She needs 100,000 signatures before October 27 to make sure Congress looks at the petition. Then, check out her GoFundMe page to help with the cost of this walk across the country.

"Just think," she said. "If we had 100,000 petitions and everybody gave us a dollar, would that not be wonderful?"

It sure would, Miss Opal.

Need to know where to find more info on her walk? Head to her website: OpalsWalk2DC.com