Forever Young! Granny Virginia, A Woman Who Danced With The Obamas, Marks Her 109th Birthday
Remember the 106-year-old centenarian from Washington DC who danced with the Obamas? She just turned 109, and she is marking the milestone in a big way.
Dancing with the Obamas
Recall that Virginia McLaurin got an old age wish to meet the Obamas in 2016. Born in 1909, about four decades after slavery was abolished in America, meeting Michelle and Barrack was a beautiful experience for the granny.
Virginia had lived through the years of segregation before she migrated from South Carolina to Washington with her husband.
Dancing with the first black president and his wife was a moment the 109-year-old probably thought she would never see.
How she is marking her 109th birthday
Now, that she has struck that off her bucket list, she is marking her 109th birthday in style. Virginia, who is wheelchair-bound now, spent time with the Harlem Globetrotters for her big day.
The basketball team will also have a series of events for her birthday. They will be giving away 109 free tickets to underprivileged youths to watch them play. In addition, Virginia got a jersey with the number 109 and got to twirl two balls.
Although, she called her dance with the Obamas one of the greatest moments of her life, she is certainly not done with living her best life.
Her recipe for long life
Virginia still volunteers forty hours a week with the Roots Public Charter School. She says the secret to her agility and long life is not unconnected with the life of love she has lived. According to the elderly woman, her mother raised her and her siblings to believe in love.
Not above cracking a few jokes, she added that a diet of cornbread, peas, and collard greens had also helped.