111-year-old woman gets free tickets to see Michelle Obama book tour


A 111-year-old woman from Georgia received free tickets to attend a local book tour appearance by Michelle Obama in Atlanta this weekend.

The Atlanta City Council announced on Friday that Willie Mae Hardy, who hit the 111-year mark earlier this year, got the tickets with the help of Atlanta City Council member Natalyn Mosby Archibong and other community members.

“I first met Ms. Hardy in 2017 at the Annual Living Legends Cookout held in Kirkwood,” Archibong said in a statement. “Her journey from being born on a plantation to living to see the first African American become president of the United States is inspirational.” 

{mosads}”On at least two separate occasions, our city had previously awarded Ms. Hardy with a proclamation acknowledging her longevity and her life,” she continued. “So, when I learned that she wanted to attend the Michelle Obama event in Atlanta, it seemed only fitting that every effort should be made to fulfill her wish.”

“We are also hoping that Mrs. Obama will graciously agree to take a picture with Ms. Hardy to capture this monumental moment,” she added.

The book tour event will take place on Saturday.

According to the press release from the city council, Harding, the granddaughter of a slave, was raised on a plantation in Junction City, Georgia.

She relocated to Atlanta in 1939 and “moved DeKalb County in 1966 to be with her daughter and to help care for her grandchildren,” the release stated.

“She still lives there in Kirkwood with her granddaughter,” the release added.

Obama launched a book tour for her new memoir, “Becoming,” in November.

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