African American Virginia McLaurin has been alive for over a century. The 106-year-old Washington, D.C. resident picked cotton in the fields of South Carolina as a child, and lived through segregation.
“We didn’t know any better…When you saw a sign that said white you know you didn’t go there,” she said.
McLaurin never thought she’d live to see her country elect a black president, let alone meet him in person, but earlier this month her life-long dream came true–and boy was she excited.
On Feb. 21, McLaurin was invited to meet with President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle during Black History Month celebrations at the White House. Full of joy and spirit, she grasped Obama’s hands and began to dance right as she saw him.
“I am so happy. A black president,” she said as she shook her hips. “Yeah! A black wife [Michelle]! And I’m here to celebrate black history.”
President Obama and the First Lady were more than happy to host Virginia and even danced along with her.
“You have just made our day, you know that?” Michelle Obama said. “That energy, man.”
Of course, the video of McLaurin’s happy dance turned her into an overnight celebrity and she’s utterly shocked by all the attention.
“I can’t believe it. I walk out there on the street and there’s a crowd looking, ‘I saw you dancing with the president,'” she said, speaking to AP. “It’s a big move in my life, from where I’m come from. Oh I’ve come a long way.”
Keep on dancing Virginia. We’re so happy for you.
Want to learn more about the wonderful Virginia? Watch her interview in the video below: