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Sunday, March 6, 2016

106-Year Old Woman Says She's Done It All -- Including Meeting the President and His Wife

Virginia McLaurin

Virginia McLaurin was born in South Carolina in 1909. Today she is 106. During her lifetime, she has witnessed incredible moments in history, including meeting President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House earlier this week.

In 2013, when McLaurin was 104 years old, she was honored by Washington DC mayor Muriel Gray for volunteering 40 hours a week to help students with severe mental and physical disabilities. She has seen many changes occur in American history, like The March on Washington in 1963, a rally for civil and economic rights for African Americans.

Remembering the 1960's

In 1968, she witnesses the famous Olympics Black Power salute political demonstration by African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Summer Olympics in the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City. She saw the first black American, Toni Morrison, win the Nobel prize for literature. But meeting the President was at the top of her list.

"I can die smiling now."

McLaurin petitioned to meet the President over a year ago... at his house. After meeting with President Obama and Michelle Obama, McLaurin stated, "That was the joy of my whole entire life." "I can die smiling now."

For more details on the story, visit www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/02/22/meet-106-year-old-who-got-dance-president-and-first-lady
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