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Daughter Of Slaves Denied World Record

 By New America Media ,Colorlines


CLEVELAND - According to The Root, Rebecca Lanier just turned 119 this week. Born in Mississippi to former slaves, Lanier believes she’s the oldest person in the world. Although the federal government has verified her age, Guiness World Records will not recognize her status without a birth certificate.

The irony is that Lanier was born in 1892, a time when it was not common for African-American babies to be issued birth certificates. So despite living through twenty presidencies, she’s still experiencing the residual effects of racial inequality that existed when she was born.

“It’s quite a rigorous process that you go through because the birth certificate is a crucial matter,” a Guinness World Records spokesman told MailOnline.

Lanier has a letter from the Social Security Administration that states her birth year as 1892, but a Social Security spokesman said the verification of age is burdened on the claimants who must provide official documents, which can be birth certificates, citizenship certificates or permanent residence cards.

Although Lanier cannot break the record, she is still glad to have excellent health. She has outlived her two daughters and, as her grandson Jimmie Shambley told Fox 4, “She has 15 great-great- grand kids, 18 great-great-great grand kids and has two great-great-great-great grand kids.”


STORY TAGS: Slavery , Rebecca Lanier , Guiness World RecordsBlack News, African American News, Minority News, Civil Rights News, Discrimination, Racism, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality, Afro American News

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