Today the church is still a central part of the Juneteenth Celebration because worship is a grateful expression of freedom and the first reaction when the prayers of many generations are answered. In remembrance of that first freed man’s church service, we established the Lillian Bush Memorial Nineteenth Ecumenical Service to honor the lives of all people, no matter their race or denomination, who gave of themselves for the cause of liberty.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 3 at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 5415 Matlock Road, Arlington.

The speakers include:

  • Ms. Opal Lee
  • Pastor McKissic – Cornerstone Baptist Church, Arlington
  • Minister Deric Jones – Cornerstone Baptist Church, Arlington
  • Dr. Douglas E. Brown – Great Commission Baptist Church
  • Father Pedro Martinez – Pastor of St. John the Apostle Church, West Fort Worth
  • Dr. Tamara Lewis – SMU Perkins School of Theology, Professor of the Practice of Historical Theology and Director of Black/Africana Church Studies Program

Ms. Opal is the oldest living board member of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) that was founded and led by the late Dr. Ronald Myers, Sr., whose initiative helped 43 states establish Juneteenth days of observance. To bring awareness to the cause, she started her Opal’s Walks 2 DC campaign in 2016, where she walks 2.5 miles to symbolize the 2.5 years that it took enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach Texas and free the slaves.

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