She never thought she’d live to see a black US president and now she’s dancing with the Obamas in the White House
Virginia McLaurin is a black woman who was born in 1909 in South Carolina. She lived during the years when lynchings were common in the southern states, during segregation, and during the fight for civil rights, but she never thought she’d live to see a black president in the White House.
In December 2014, Virginia sent a video message to President Obama explaining that she’d like to meet him and his whole family. Last weekend, as part of the Black History Month celebrations, Virginia fulfilled her dream.
She met President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House where she danced with joy, showed off her manicured nails, and expressed her happiness at meeting the first US black president. “And I tell you, I am so happy,” she said, “A black president […] A black wife […] And I’m here to celebrate black history. That’s what I’m here for.”