Regardless of politics, regardless of opinions on Barak Obama as President, this is a beautiful human story. Virginia McLaurin is 106, she’s active, she’s dancing in The White House with the President of the United States of America and his wife, The First Lady.
Just think for a moment what Virginia McLaurin has seen and witnessed in her long life, institutional, endemic racism, hatred, violence and horrors which are mind boggling and incomprehensible, and I cannot begin to imagine the thrill which she must have experienced when she danced, aged 106 (that must be stressed!), aged 106, dancing with a black President of the United States and, as Virginia exclaims with such joy, his “black wife”.
‘We shall overcome”: well, there’s still a long way to go, racism is still all-pervasive in the US (and around the world) but, in some respects, the downtrodden and all who were on the side of what’s right, they did overcome and Virginia McLaurin stands – dances – as testament to the success of the struggle.
‘We shall overcome’
‘Patience is a virtue’
‘All good things come to those who wait’
….add into the mix the determination to see good triumph over evil, never lose hope, always remember that there is goodness on both sides of the barrier, never give up the fight, keep the memory and spirit of Martin Luther King, Virginia McLaurin, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and their great ilk alive in all struggles against intolerance, hatred, racism, inhumanity, inequality and unfairness.