- Advocate Greshun De Bouse says, "Whether or not you are from Texas, Ms. Opal has a great cause, and I wanted to show love and support."
- Opal's Walk is a 2.5 mile walk symbolizing the two and a half years it took slaves in Texas to learn of their freedom granted in the Emancipation Proclamation.
- Juneteenth is celebrated worldwide June 19 annually for emancipation of Texas slaves.
- Advocate Greshun De Bouse founded KOMN Coalition or #KNEEOFFMYNECK Coalition, which she represented in Opal's Walk, for combatting police racial brutality.
She is absolutely extraordinary, and we love her more and more each time we hear her name! It’s Greshun De Bouse shining as usual in a big way! On Friday, June 19, 2020, beloved and trusted Advocate Greshun De Bouse joined a caravan of vehicles on foot, treking through downtown Fort Worth, TX in what is widely known as Opal’s Walk.
Opal Lee is the 93-year-old activist from Marshall, TX and creator of Opal’s Walk whose mission it is to make Juneteenth a recognized holiday, including employee time off of work and such. In 2016 at age 89, Ms. Opal decided to walk from her home in Fort Worth, TX to Washington D.C. 2.5 milies daily in hopes of making her Juneteenth holiday dream reality. The 2.5 miles symbolize the two and a half years it took slaves in Texas to learn of their freedom granted in the Emancipation Proclamation.
Ms. Opal told the New York Times, “None of us are free till we’re all free. Knowing that slaves didn’t get the word for two and a half years after the emancipation, can’t you imagine how those people felt? They’d been watching — that’s what they call Watch Night services — every New Year’s, thinking freedom was coming. And then to find out they were free, even two and a half years after everybody else.”
Founder of many holidays, Advocate Greshun De Bouse states she had to come out and support and support Ms. Opal in her efforts. Greshun told NBC News 5 DFW “It’s not a geographic thing. Whether or not you are from Texas, Ms. Opal has a great cause, and I wanted to show love and support.” When we asked Greshun why she was so compelled to support Ms. Opal, she said this.
It is a great cause and very important part of history. As an equality advocate and holiday founder, I am a proponent of having Juneteenth recognized as a holiday. For me, walking the 2.5 miles was a symbolic must that parallels Ms. Opal’s initial impetus for this effort. I just had to do it.
Like me, many people all over celebrated Juneteenth 2020 with a version of Opal’s Walk from Dallas Cowboys defensive linemen Gerald McCoy and Demarcus Lawrence, to rapper Niko Brim, to folks all the way in Lawrenceville, GA. It is positively amazing!
Like me, Ms. Opal has an unquenching fire inside that unites people. She reminds me of myself, and I plan to be just as lively and active at 93 and beyond as she is! She is a wise woman. I say “Hey Ms. Opal,” and she says “Hi baby,” in that loving mom/grandmom/wise elder tone.
She is just an amazing person of action! Ms. Opal’s positive spirit translated on camera as she and I posed for photos with befitting inspirational music playing in the background. It was just a positive time.
All that is good comes from Greshun as usual. She is an extraordinary lady herself-small in stature, but mighty in spirit. Advocate Greshun De Bouse founded the KOMN Coalition or #KNEEOFFMYNECK Coalition, which she represented in Opal’s Walk, to focus on combatting police brutality. Go Greshun! Go Ms. Opal! We love you both!