>Happy 100th Birthday to Ms. Luizia Nesbit on May 1st!

>Five generations of Ms. Luizia Nesbit’s family are coming to New Bern from all over the Country to celebrate her 100th Birthday on May 1st at St. Mathews Disciples Church of Christ.

The last of ten siblings, Ms. Luizia had four children, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. As an active member of her church, she will be surrounded by family and friends on this special day. Her nephew will preach during a special church service and many of her nieces and nephews will sing in the choir. The public is invited to celebrate Ms. Luizia’s Birthday with her as she becomes a Centenarian!

Just think about what Ms. Luizia has seen and experienced during the past 100 years. The 1910 Census reflects Ms. Luizia was within 10% of the US Population as an African American.

She lived to experience the pros and cons of 18 US Presidents in power: William Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, William Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

Ms. Luizia lived to experience the effects from the following assassinations, conflicts, and wars: World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Cuban Missile Crisis, Race Riots, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. efforts and assassination and Robert F Kennedy assassinated, Desert Storm, 9/11 Attacks, War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Living 100 years, she experienced: The Great Depression, Jackie Robinson becoming the First African American Major League Baseball Player, Civil Rights Act passed by Congress, along with countless technology advances around the World (heart transplant, airplanes, space program, telephone, computers, etc.).

Congratulations, Ms. Luizia Nesbit, on your longevity and I wish you a very Happy Birthday!

Thank you, Ms. Gale Thomas Diaz, for sharing your Great Aunt Luizia’s story.