Happy Birthday, Mama Bridges!
Clara Bridges, better known as Mama Bridges, spent her younger years as a nurse. While working as a pediatric nurse at Grady Hospital, she met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This year for her 102nd birthday the Atlanta woman wanted two things, “to eat a chili dog from The Varsity and to meet Bernice King.”
The community came together to throw her a birthday party and one of the guests happened to be none other than the great activist's daughter, Bernice King! Not only was King in attendance but she also sang Bridges Happy Birthday. King stated, “It meant everything to me, just to see her smile. It’s a smile to me and I know he’s just laughing up there.”
When Mama Clara Bridges, an #Atlanta elder, was asked what she wanted for her #102nd #birthday, she answered “to eat at The Varsity and to meet Bernice King.” I was very moved by Mama Bridges’ answer; and excited to honor her request and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her today. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/KtcizOIsW5— Be A King (@BerniceKing) March 24, 2023
For everyone wondering if Ms. Bridges got her chili dog? She certainly did! With all her wishes coming true, this birthday is one for the books.
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