TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Texas native is taking a 1,300 mile walk against racism across the United States.
Reggie Dee, a radio DJ in West Palm Beach, Florida, is gaining widespread attention as he crosses the country on foot.
He began the walk in his hometown of Dallas on February 1, in honor of Black History Month. By day three, he reached East Texas and passed through Kaufman and Tyler. He estimates he will complete his thousand-plus mile hike in West Palm Beach, Florida by February 28.
Over the next 25 days, Reggie and his team will pass through Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
Reggie said the idea for this walk began years ago during a conversation with his mother, Betty Foxx, who was in the hospital following cancer surgery.
"I want to do a walk for you, for this cancer," Reggie recalled telling his mother. "And she was like, 'Boy don't do that. Do something different.'"
This year, which marks the six-year anniversary of his mother's death, Reggie decided to organize "Walk with me against Racism."
Reggie says that though his career as a radio personality brings him popularity, he realizes that being famous is not enough.
"I decided from the day that [my mother] passed away to turn the radio popularity around into something positive that brings people together." said Reggie.
He has walked approximately 142 miles in total from Dallas to Henderson. He plans to reach Louisiana by the end of the week.