A 111-year-old woman from Georgia received complimentary tickets to Michelle Obama’s book tour in Atlanta this past weekend.

Willie Mae Hardy, who turned 111 in March, got the tickets courtesy of Atlanta City Council member Natalyn Mosby Archibong and other community members, city officials announced Friday afternoon.

“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.”


“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 longtime Atlanta resident is the granddaughter of a slave and was raised on a plantation in Junction City, Georgia, according to the press release from the city council.

She relocated to Atlanta in 1939 and then “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.”

Obama launched a worldwide book tour for her new memoir, Becoming, in November. The book tour event took place on Saturday at the State Farm Arena.

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