90-year-old activist stops by Birmingham on walk to Washington, D.C.

activist opal lee at miles college juneteenth petition

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A 90-year old woman who is making a historic walk to Washington, D.C. stopped in Birmingham Monday to speak to students at Miles College.

Opal Lee is an activist from Fort Worth, Texas. She is walking from Texas all the way to Washington to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in 1865.

Lee plans to walk 10 miles per day and attempt to collect 100,000 signatures to give to Congress along the way.
“What you need to know is none of us are free until we are all free and we aren’t free yet,” Lee told Miles College students. “There’s too much poverty and joblessness and hunger and all kind of social ills that we still need to address.”

There are 45 states in the U.S. that already recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday.

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