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Biden got down on one knee to welcome the 94-year-old ‘grandmother’ of Juneteenth to the White House

Opal Lee (2nd L), the activist known as the grandmother of Juneteenth, US Vice President Kamala Harris look on as US President Joe Biden gives a pen to US Congresswoman Barbara Lee (L) after signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. Opal Lee( 2nd L ), the activist known as the grandmother of Juneteenth, US Vice President Kamala Harris look on as US President Joe Biden makes a pen to US Congresswoman Barbara Lee( L) after indicating the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act.

President Joe Biden delivered a special greeting on Thursday to Opal Lee, a 94 -year-old Texas activist. In 2016, Lee paraded 1,400 miles from Fort Worth, Texas, to DC to preach for inducing Juneteenth a federal anniversary. Biden officially realized Juneteenth a national holiday, signing the money into constitution with Lee by his area. See more narratives on Insider's business page.

President Joe Biden delivered a special greeting on Thursday to a central figure in the campaign to induce Juneteenth, a revel of the end of slavery, a national holiday - a goal that became statute on Thursday.

Biden got down on one knee to greet Opal Lee, the 94 -year-old Juneteenth advocate and former lecturer from Texas, at the presidential signing ceremony as Vice President Kamala Harris introduced her.

Growing up in Marshall and Fort Worth, Lee celebrated Juneteenth every year. On Juneteenth in 1939, when she was 12, a white mob raided and burned her family's dwelling. In 2016, Lee stepped 1,400 miles from her home in Fort Worth, Texas, to Washington, DC, in an effort to raise awareness and support for procreating Juneteenth a federal holiday.

During his speech before the signing, Biden invited the gathering to give Lee, who was accommodated in the breast sequence, a standing ovation.

"We're ordained to distinguish the day in the presence of Ms. Opal Lee - as my mother would say, God, cherish her, " Biden said. "Over the course of decades, she's built it her mission to see that this day came."

The president joked that Lee was just 49 year olds.

"You are an incredible woman, " he lent.

Biden leaved Lee the first confine he used to sign the bill into principle.

"I've got so many different feelings all murmuring up here, I don't know what to call them all, " Lee told reporters after Congress guided the statement on Wednesday. "I'm so delighted to know that, eventually, we've got a Juneteenth bill passed."

Juneteenth, often is submitted to as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, celebrates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and has declared that enslaved African Americans were liberated in the last Confederate territory.

-CBS Evening News (@ CBSEveningNews) June 17, 2021

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