Two of the five oldest people in the world are African-American women
There are still a few people alive who actually lived in the 1800s.
The five oldest women in the world — all women — were born in the 19th century and are still around to show their wisdom about what they’ve learned over the past 100 plus years. The list consist of two 116-year olds Misao Okawa of Japan, Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas, and three 115-year olds Emma Morano-Martinuzzi of Italy, Jeralean Talley of Michigan, and Susannah Mushatt Jones of New York.
According to HuffingtonPost, two of these super centenarians are African-Americans who have lived through world wars, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement and, most recently, the Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatter protests.
Jeralean Talley, 115, Michigan
Talley — the oldest living American — grew up in the South and was married for 52 years, until her husband passed away.
She lives with her daughter and enjoys playing with her great-great-grandkids and even takes an annual fishing trip! Talley’s advice for a long life is simple: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, that’s my way of living,” she told a Michigan news affiliate in 2013.
Susannah Mushatt Jones, 115, New York
At 115, Mushatt Jones could easily be described as feisty.
She loves bacon, scrambled eggs and grits every day for breakfast — not exactly something that is a recipe for long life, you’d think. But except for vision loss due to glaucoma, the only health problem she is medicated for is blood pressure. She’s also said to have an affinity for lacy lingerie.
“You can never get too old to wear fancy stuff,” she’s said, according to TIME.
We totally agree.