ARLINGTON, Texas - There are no days off for the 90-year-old Fort Worth woman walking to Washington D.C. in her effort to make Juneteenth a national holiday.
Community activist Opal Lee is continuing her walk, which began earlier this month. She made a stop in Arlington on Labor Day to rally support with a descendent of Gen. Gordon Granger, who delivered the news of emancipation to Galveston.
“I’m in awe of what she’s trying to accomplish. I really think Juneteenth should be a national holiday. It’s a significant day in American history,” said David Shafer, a relative of Gen. Granger.
Lee plans to walk 10 miles a day and hopes to make it to the White House by January. She also needs 100,000 people to sign a petition online and she hopes to deliver the petition to President Obama.