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People ask her all the time how she remains so positive. Other than a back surgery about 50 years ago, she hasn’t had any major health issues.“The Bible said a good laugh is the best medicine,” she said.Mc Laurin still lives alone and does all her own housework, except for laundry because there are no machines in her unit. marched in Washington in 1963, she didn’t know whether his dream would ever be realised. There were so many things we weren’t allowed to do, we were raised up like that,” she said. It ain’t gonna help.” Deeply faithful, Mc Laurin attends a weekly Bible study, and she said it’s helped her stay upbeat and healthy.She has too many grandchildren (and great, and great-great, and great-great-great and so on) to count, but she estimates them at about 50. As a child growing up in the South, she said she didn’t imagine that there could ever be a world where white and black people were integrated. “I felt like it would always be that way.” Still, she was never bitter — quite the opposite. That, she said, and a diet of fried beans and peas.Her mouth dropped open: There she was, dancing with her beloved president. “I wish this was mine.” For a few hours over a lunch, she reflected on her life and those precious few minutes she had fulfilling a dream she didn’t even know to entertain until 2008.She seemed almost as amazed by the technology that was allowing her to relive it all. “I was so happy to meet the black president,” she said.A day or so later, it was confirmed that the very next day at p.m. Mc Laurin wanted to go shopping for a new dress and new shoes, but there wasn’t time.
She was introduced to the program by a friend from her church who knew Virginia was interested in finding ways to make life better for those in her community.
"I thought I would never live to get in the White House. So the White House made sure that she not only got to visit -- President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet 106-year-old Virginia Mc Laurin during a photo line in the Blue Room of the White House prior to a reception celebrating African American History Month, Feb. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) President Barack Obama watches First Lady Michelle Obama dance with 106-year-old Virginia Mc Laurin in the Blue Room of the White House prior to a reception celebrating African American History Month, Feb. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) Virginia Mc Laurin is a Senior Corps volunteer at Roots Public Charter School as part of the United Planning Organization’s Foster Grandparent Program, serving as a foster grandparent and mentor to special-needs students.
Mc Laurin has been doing stellar work as a volunteer throughout the D. area for decades and would like to visit the White House.
In 2014, another friend had submitted a petition to the White House with a note from Mc Laurin. I pray to the Lord that I would be able to meet you one day.” But it wasn’t until Menkart, 59, put a call out on Facebook on behalf of her friend to visit the White House – in her almost 80 years living in Washington she’d never been – that it actually happened.
“I know you are a busy man, but I wish I could meet you,” she said. Marco Davis, the deputy director of the administration’s Hispanics education initiative, saw her post and made the connections.
And now that contagious glee has made her Internet-famous. She could barely walk a few steps without passersby recognising her and asking if she’d join them for a photo.