NPR & WBUR, "Here & Now" – 106-Year-Old D.C. 'Grandma' Dances Through Life

If you’ve seen the White House video viral of a 106-year-old charming President Obama and the First Lady, then you already know Virginia McLaurin.

Virginia McLaurin visiting NPR Headquarters in Washington D.C. // Photo Credit: Brandon Chew, NPR

Born in 1909 to a sharecropping family, she was married at the age of 14 and widowed with two children at 17. She’s lived through the Great Depression, segregation and the civil rights movement.

Part of what keeps Grandma Virginia young is working with her community’s youth. For 21 years, she helped children with severe disabilities learn skills, and she currently volunteers at a public charter school.

All this work comes through the United Planning Organization’s Foster Grandparent Program, which matches up senior citizens with students for tutoring and mentorship in the Washington, D.C. area.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Virginia McLaurin and Cheryl Christmas, project director for the UPO Foster Grandparent Program.

Watch 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin fulfill her dream of visiting the White House and meeting President Obama. ‪#‎BlackHistoryMonth‬

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While on the editorial staff for UT-Austin's daily newspaper, I wrote columns on the intersection of technology, lifestyle, and economy.

Fall of my senior year, I served on Texas Student Media's Board of Operating Trustees, overseeing the "Texan," as well as TSTV, KVRX, Cactus Yearbook, the Texas Travesty and BurntX.

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