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The petition on Opal Lee's hopeĀ to make Juneteenth a national holiday ran out of time Tuesday when itĀ didn't reach the goal of 100,000 signatures, the Star-Telegram reports.

However, that hasn't stopped Lee, 89, from continuing on.

ā€œWhether we have 100,000 signatures or not, she is still walking. Her goal is to get an audience with the president to ask him why [Juneteenth] hasnā€™t been madeā€ a national holiday, said Dione Sims, manager of Leeā€™s grassroots campaign.

A new petition was put on the White House website, and it will need 100,000 signatures by Oct. 27 to get a response.

According to the Star-Telegram, Lee will continue her work Friday in Mississippi and will later head to the cities of Birmingham and Tuskegee in Alabama.

ā€œMore people are picking up the story,ā€ said Sims.

The hope is that the more people hear about her and her journey, the faster her petition will receive the number of signatures needed.

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