DALLAS (KDAF) — She’s known as the grandmother of Juneteenth by making history.

96-year-old, Opal Lee, had campaigned for years to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

She had been visiting the offices of her local and state legislators, as well as the White House, to spread awareness and to get her message across.

As a result of her efforts, on June 16, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill passed by Congress to designate Juneteenth, or June 19th, as a federal holiday. 

“Young people, make it their mission to change somebody’s mind that you know, that needs his mind changed. You can do that. It’s not gonna happen in a day. You will have to work at it, but it’s worth it,” Lee said.

You can watch the full interview, by clicking the video above. If you want to buy her children’s book make sure to visit her website.