It is Black History Month and with that I’d like to write about 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin.
McLaurin got the chance to finally meet Barack Obama, the black president she longed for as well as his black wife, Michelle Obama. In the video above you can see how excited she was as she waved her cane in the air and danced while meeting President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama.
It’s almost like she turned into a little kid that was opening gifts on a Christmas morning. “I thought I would never get into the White House and I tell you I am so happy,” she tells Barack and Michelle, then she yells with excitement “A black president. Yay! a black wife.”
Virginia McLaurin has lived through a lot and just seeing how happy she was at that very moment I’m pretty sure makes us feel happy. Even with all of the issues going around in the world you cannot help but just hope for change.
It is truly an awe heart-felting moment to watch McLaurin who was born before slavery ended meet the first black president with her own two eyes.
Here are some milestones in black history that Virginia McLaurin lived through:
- In 1939, Virginia McLaurin was 30-years-old, it was also the year that art and protest intersected as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt facilitated a public concert at the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution barred Marian Anderon’s performance at Constitution Hall.
- In 1957, Viriginia McLaurin was 48-years-old, Althea Gibson was the first African American woman to win both singles and doubles titles at Wimbledon.
- In 1993, Viriginia McLaurin was 84-years-old, Toni Morrison became the first black American to win the Nobel prize for literature.
- In 2008, Virginia McLaurin was 99-years-old and Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States.