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Kirkwood Resident, Age 111, To Receive Tickets to Michelle Obama’s Event at State Farm Arena

Post Date:05/10/2019 3:01 PM

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Michael Ulmer, Communications Specialist
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May 10, 2019 

Kirkwood Resident, Age 111, To Receive Tickets to Michelle Obama’s Event at State Farm Arena

ATLANTA — Willie Mae Hardy, who turned 111 years old this March, will receive two tickets to attend Saturday’s book tour appearance by former First Lady Michelle Obama in Atlanta thanks to efforts from Atlanta City Council member Natalyn Mosby Archibong and other local elected officials and neighbors.

Hardy, who was born on a plantation in Junction City in 1908 and is the granddaughter of a slave, moved to Atlanta in 1939. She then moved to DeKalb County in 1966 to be with her daughter and to help care for her grandchildren. She still lives there in Kirkwood with her granddaughter.

Council member Archibong, who represents District 5, currently serves as the chair of the Community Development and Human Services committee.

“I first met Ms. Hardy in 2017 at the Annual Living Legends Cookout held in Kirkwood," Archibong said. "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. 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.”

Last year, it was announced the former first lady had expanded her worldwide book tour, “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama,” to include additional cities in 2019, including Atlanta. Her event is scheduled for this Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. at State Farm Arena.  The tickets secured by Council member Archibong will provide Ms. Hardy and her caregiver with center-court seats on the floor of the arena. 

Atlanta City Council 

The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

Council information, committee agendas and more may be found on the Atlanta City Council website here. Video archives of the council’s regularly scheduled meetings, committee meetings and work sessions may be found here


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