106-Year-Old Virginia McLaurin Says: “I Can Die Happy”
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The meeting between 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin and President Obama along with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House last week, turned McLaurin into somewhat of an overnight celebrity. McLaurin, who lived in Washington since the 1930s, said her phone had been ringing off the hook since 5 a.m. Monday, depriving her of a chance to eat breakfast or lunch.
The video that went all around the world, was watched by McLaurin days after the initial meeting. Watch her response in the video above.
For McLaurin, who was born in South Carolina in 1909, the White House invitation was a long time in the making. It’s been more than a year since she started a White House petition asking to meet the president — and offering to come to his house to make it easier.
“I’ve come a long ways, a long ways,” McLaurin said in an interview outside her Washington home. “I just didn’t think I’d ever live to go this far in the world.”
“I don’t know,” McLaurin said. “I could just die happy.”
To really give you perspective on how historic this moment for McLaurin is, here’s five incredible moments in history that she has lived through:
1963 (54 years old)
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom known as the March on Washington was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans.
1968 (59 years old)
The 1968 Olympics Black Power salute was a political demonstration conducted by the African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Summer Olympics in the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City.
1993 (84 years old)
Toni Morrison becomes the first black American to win the Nobel prize for literature. Morrison is the only living…