Dreams still come true…even at 106!!!
“I tell you, I am so happy,” she said, looking up at Barack Obama before turning to the first lady. “A black president, yay, and his black wife says Ms. Virginia McLaurin.”
Holding President Obama’s hand, Ms. Virginia danced and smiled realizing the dream of being in the White House and meeting the first African American president. The joy on her face was contagious as her spirit filled the room. Celebrating Black History Month at the White House with the Obama’s was indeed a special moment.
“I thought I would never live to get in the White House,” said McLaurin, who was born in 1909 in South Carolina, worked as a seamstress for most of her life and has been a widow for more than 70 years.
In December 2014, McLaurin submitted a petition to the White House asking to meet with the president. “I’ve never met a President,” she wrote. “I didn’t think I would live to see a Colored President because I was born in the South and didn’t think it would happen. I am so happy and I would love to meet you and your family if I could.