Virginia McLaurin

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Virginia McLaurin (born March 12, 1909) is an American centenarian and community volunteer[1] Born in South Carolina, she lives in Washington, D.C..

Her husband died in 1939 after a bar fight. She volunteers forty hours a week as a Senior Corps volunteer with the United Planning Organization's Foster Grandparents Program at the Roots Public Charter School. In 2013, McLaurin received a volunteer community service award from Mayor Vincent C. Gray in recognition of her voluntary work.[2]

She gained national attention after a visit to the White House on February 18, 2016 to celebrate Black History Month, after which a video of her dancing with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama went viral on social media.[3]

She celebrated her 108th birthday with the Harlem Globetrotters.[4]

In March 2016, McLaurin received the President's Volunteer Service Award for her work of daily service to schoolchildren in the nation's capital.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Maine, D'Arcy (March 15, 2017). "Virginia McLaurin celebrates her 108th birthday with the Harlem Globetrotters". ESPN. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  2. Sherwood, Tom (December 17, 2013). "104-year-old Virginia McLaurin honored for volunteering in D.C." WRC-TV. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  3. Garunay, Melanie (February 22, 2016). "Meet the 106-year-old who got to dance with the President and the First Lady". Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  4. Pearl, Diana. "Virginia McLaurin, Who Danced with the Obamas, Celebrates Her 108th Birthday with the Harlem Globetrotters". People. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  5. Samantha Jo Warfield (2016-03-11). "Internet Sensation, 106-year-old Dancing Grandma Receives President's Lifetime Achievement Award for Service". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2017-07-05.