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

Sep 26, 2016

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.


Christopher Connelly, reporter covering Fort Worth, Texas, for KERA. He tweets @hithisischris. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.