Dr. Opal Lee announces Inaugural International “Opal’s Walk for Freedom” in Tokyo, Japan.

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On May 21st, 2024 Dr. Opal Lee, the renowned activist often referred to as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” visited the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo alongside the Legacy Foundation Japan. During her visit, she made a significant announcement: the launch of the first-ever International “Opal’s Walk for Freedom.” Wednesday, June 19th, in Tokyo, Japan.

A Global Movement Begins

Dr. Opal Lee, her granddaughter Dione Sims, and a US Embassy moderator discuss Opal’s first International Walk in Tokyo, Japan, at the US Embassy.

This historic event marks a pivotal moment as we unite across the globe for a common cause. Dr. Lee’s relentless efforts in advocating for Juneteenth, the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States, have inspired millions. Now, her mission transcends borders, inviting people worldwide to join the walk and promote freedom and equality.

The first International “Opal’s Walk for Freedom” aims to bring together diverse communities, fostering a spirit of unity and collective action. Whether you are in Tokyo, New York, or any corner of the world, you can participate in this global movement.

The Legacy Foundation Japan’s Mission

La Tonya Whitaker, co-founder of the Legacy Foundation Japan, took the podium to emphasize the organization’s mission of uniting the Black Diaspora.

La Tonya Whitaker, co-founder of the Legacy Foundation Japan, took the podium to emphasize the organization’s mission of uniting the Black Diaspora. The Legacy Foundation Japan is dedicated to raising awareness for social justice causes and celebrating cultural heritage.

One of their key initiatives is the annual Juneteenth Gala, which also serves as a fundraiser for various charitable causes. This year’s Gala is on June 14, 2024 and tickets are still available until June 9.

How to Register

We invite you to be part of this historic movement. To join the International “Opal’s Walk for Freedom,” visit Opalswalk.com and register. Here, you’ll find all the necessary details to participate, whether you are walking in person or virtually.

Share your journey with the hashtags #GlobalWALK, #OpalAtTheEmbassy, #LegacyFoundationJapan, and #Juneteenth.

Together, let’s make history. 🌍🚶‍♀️

Dr. Opal Lee and US Embassy moderator exchange heart-filled admiration.

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(Article by Christopher Brown )

( Photography by Beatrice McBride )

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