The video of Ms. Virginia McLaurin
dancing and talking with the Obamas was seen around the world. It has given us all hope.
A lot of people have written to say they would like to give back to Ms. McLaurin. Therefore, this donations page was created so that we can all help her have the resources she needs to live comfortably and to continue her active role in the community. As she has shared in her interviews with the media following the visit to the White House, she volunteers as a UPO foster grandparent, collaborates with other tenants in the fight for quality living conditions, and is active in her church.
We also encourage you to look out for the people like Ms. McLaurin in your neighborhood. There are elders everywhere who give back to the community and could use some support. They also have stories to tell. Ms. McLaurin came to the attention of the White House after she started recording short oral history interviews about her life growing up as a sharecropper and coming to D.C. during the Great Migration. She also talked about the challenges in her apartment building in the face of gentrification. Learn more from her Tumblr page
and her Facebook page