Elderly woman who danced with Obamas celebrates 107th birthday

WASHINGTON (WSVN) — The elderly woman seen dancing when she met the President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama was honored by her community on her 107th birthday for her volunteer work.

Video of Virginia McLaurin’s dance went viral just weeks ago. In Washington D.C., she  is known for her volunteer work, and to celebrate turning 107, the entire community came out to honor her.

McLaurin celebrated her birthday, Saturday, and the city threw her a large birthday party where she was presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Last month, as part of Black History Month, McLaurin’s dream of dancing with President Obama and the first lady at the White House became a reality.

McLaurin was ecstatic after receiving so much attention. "You know I feel better since I’ve seen all these nice people," she said.

She has volunteered daily for the United Planning Organization for the past 20 years, and continues to mentor children today. "Research says if you volunteer, you live longer, you live a happier life. She is the poster child," said Wendy Spencer of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

McLaurin, or Grandmother Virginia as she’s known, was born in South Carolina in 1909. In 1941, she moved to the nation’s capital.

She has lived through 18 presidents, segregation, both World Wars and has seen many key events of the 20th century.

McLaurin was also given a $5,000 remodeling of her home. "I appreciate everything you’ve done for me, and I ask the Lord to bless you," she said.  

Students from Nalle and Staton State Elementary School, students nearly 100 years younger, performed for McLaurin. "I think that is really cool to live that long," one child said.