Opal's Freedom Walk Saturday June 18, 2022 8AM
Commemoration – Celebration – Continuation:
Commemoration: Remembering those here and across this nation who committed themselves in the forward struggle for Freedom, Justice and Equality not only for black folks, but for each and every American. “If we have the courage and tenacity of our forebears, who stood firmly like a rock against the lash of slavery, we shall find a way to do for our day what they did for theirs.” – Mary McLeod Bethune
Celebration: While we have Black History Month and Now Juneteenth is a Federal Holiday. It is important to teach and celebrate as bench marks the many accomplishments and contributions Black Folk have made to the development of this nation and the world, as we continue the forward motion as a people and nation, in the quest for a more perfect union. “We celebrate this day, too, for the very good reason that we have no other to celebrate. English emancipation has one advantage over American emancipation. Hers has a definite anniversary. Ours has none. Like our slaves, the freedom of the negro has no birthday. No man can tell the day of the month, or the month of the year, upon which slavery was abolished in the United States. We cannot even tell when it began to be abolished. Like the movement of the sea, no man can tell where one wave begins and another ends.” Frederick Douglass 3.
Continuation: Maintaining that which has been achieved and building on the solid foundation laid by those who came before us. We must always remember the struggle is an continuing effort, The struggle for “True Freedom, Justice and Equal” in America and around the world continues. It is up to each of us individually and corporately to continue the forward progress to establish and ensure “True Freedom, Justice and Equal.” for all. “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters” Fredrick Douglass “A People without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey “History is a people’s memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.” Malcolm X.
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Pacoima Freedom Walk
“PACOIMA FREEDOM WALK
The Pacoima area “Opal’s Walk ”, will begin and end at the Alicia Broadous Duncan Multipurpose Senior Center 11300 Glenoaks Blvd. Pacoima.
The designated route is: Glenoaks Bl. left to Van Nuys Bl. left to Foothill Bl. Stop at the “Birth of a Nation” monument back to Paxton St. left to Glenoaks Bl.
WALK or RIDE
We are inviting those who can to walk the 2.5 miles with us. However, for those who have physical limitations, transportation will be available for all or any portion of 2.5 mile route.
REGISTER and BE COUNTED
If you can’t make the walk with us, don’t worry, you can show your support by registering and sponsoring an individual or group of walkers. Another way is to plan and register a local walk with your family, friends, neighbors or colleagues. This can be done in your own neighborhood, at a local track, or individually at home on a treadmill, or wherever you can.
Time and Place
Saturday, June 18:Opal’s Walk for Freedom (Onsite Registration 7:00 a.m. Freedom Walk 8:00 a.m.) Alicia Broadous Duncan MultiPurpose Senior Center 11300 Glenoaks Blvd.Pacoima, CA 91331-1622
Opal Lee’s Walk for Freedom 2.5 miles walk represents the two and a half years it took to inform the enslaved people of Texas of the Emancipation Proclamation. Walks will be held simultaneously in cities across the United States with Opal Lee’s Walk for Freedom in Fort Worth, Texas at 10:00 a.m. (CT).
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Dave Barclay Economic & Business Roundtable
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
California State University Northridge (Grand Salon) 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
Panel Discussion highlighting the economic issues which still plague the minority communities. As well recognizing minority business leaders who have made a positive impact in addressing the economic development in success of minority communities.