- On Sunday, the White House shared a delightful video of Virginia McLaurin’s meet-and-greet with the Obamas.
- The 106-year-old woman turned the White House visit into a dance party.
106 year old black American woman, Virginia McLaurin’s dream of visiting the White House became a reality when Barack and Michelle Obama hosted her.
An energetic old woman was filled with joy and could not help but bust a move at the White House when she was invited to take part in Black History Month celebrations.
“I thought I would never live to get in the White House; I am so happy… A black president; a black wife; and I’m here to celebrate black history,” the agile centenarian said.
Above is a video of Virginia McLaurin's visit to the White House posted on the White House Facebook page.
With her walking cane the old woman radiates joy at meeting the Obamas.
WATCH her appeal to meet the Obamas
Black History Month started in 1926. The observance was proposed by Carter Godwin Woodson, an author and historian, as Negro History Week. It expanded in the 1970s.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1909. It’s now considered “the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil-rights organization,” according to its website.
The U.S. isn’t the only country to celebrate Black History Month. Canada also observes it in February, while the U.K. recognizes it in October.
There are more than 45 million African-Americans living in the U.S., according to Census Bureau data. That’s about 15 percent of the nation's population.