Uniting for Freedom: Join Opal’s Walk for Freedom and Celebrate Juneteenth


Opal Lee at White House Juneteenth Legislation © Getty Images

Join Opal’s Walk on June 19, 2024!

On Wednesday, June 19th, something extraordinary will be happening across America. People from all walks of life, from coast to coast, will come together to participate in Opal’s Walk for Freedom LIVE—a movement that transcends borders and generations. Whether you join in person at one of the branded Host Cities or virtually from the comfort of your home, this event is a celebration of freedom and unity—and it’s not one to miss. The symbolism of the walk itself is powerful. It represents the journey toward freedom for all Americans. It’s a reminder that freedom is not a given; it’s something we must actively strive for and defend.

For decades, Dr. Opal Lee, a tireless advocate and educator, has championed the cause of making Juneteenth a national holiday. Her mission is an ongoing one, aimed at continuously acknowledging the systemic issues that still plague our society and working together to address them. From systemic racism to economic inequality, healthcare disparities to climate change, Opal’s Walk for Freedom is a platform to confront these challenges head-on.

Since accomplishing the goal of achieving the recognition of a national holiday, Ms. Opal continues to walk annually to educate the nation on the relevance of Juneteenth and the freedom it represents. “I just want people to know that Juneteenth can be a unifier,” said Ms. Opal.

An international symbol of Juneteenth, not only for advocating until it became a federal holiday but for living its meaning, Ms. Opal strongly believes in her motto, “If people can be taught to hate, they can be taught to love,” and uses it to drive her lifelong passion for helping people and educating them on the power of Juneteenth to bring people together. Through Unity Unlimited, she now has programs serving returning citizens, the jobless, and the hungry. She leads her work with a focus on unity and love.

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© Courtesy of Unity Unlimited

With the help of her granddaughter Dione Sims, founder of Unity Unlimited, Inc., Ms. Opal, who for over 50 years has ensured Juneteenth was commemorated in Fort Worth, has worked to expand the celebration. Their vision for Juneteenth has grown into a multi-day celebration that includes the walk, breakfast of prayer, Miss JuneteenthDFW Pageant, festival, educational events, and BBQ cook-off.

Each year, the month-long celebration demonstrates the growing support of attendees, sponsors, and partners to appreciate African American culture and heritage by engaging in family-friendly entertainment, empowering workshops, and fun for all ages.

The fifth annual “Opals Walk for Freedom LIVE!” will be a live national broadcast on NBC 5 featuring live and pre-recorded performances, and pre-recorded packages featuring content relative to Juneteenth. Ms. Opal will be joined by a host of celebrities, name-brand sponsors and welcomed guests to discuss the legacy of Juneteenth—past, present, and future.

The virtual walk will allow everyone everywhere to actively engage and show their support of the new federal holiday with a personal 2.5-mile walk in their neighborhoods, on a treadmill at the gym, on their bikes, and then post to their social media accounts all around the world.

Sims explained, “Juneteenth is not just about the past—it’s about the future. It’s about building a more just and equitable society for generations to come. By participating in Opal’s Walk for Freedom, you’re making a statement. You’re saying yes to equality, yes to justice, and yes to unity. And with $6.19 of every registration going towards the National Juneteenth Museum, you’re also supporting the preservation of history for future generations.”

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On Wednesday, June 19th, Ms. Opal Lee will complete her annual 2.5-mile walk @ the African American Museum of Dallas to recognize the 2.5 years it took for the news and enforcement of freedom to reach the enslaved people in Texas.


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