CHICAGO (CBS) — At 103, she is the oldest resident of a Cook County Housing Authority building, and today she’s helping cut the ribbon on renovations at the apartments where she’s lived for more than 30 years.
Lucille Childress has only good things to say about the Jane R. Perlman Apartments, where she lives in Evanston.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Lake-Effect Snow On The Way With 6 To 8 Inches Possible In Some Areas; Winter Storm Warning Issued
“One thing, there’s a lot of young people in here that I don’t know. I call them young, because they’re younger than I am,” she said.
Her grandfather and her great-grandfather were slaves. She grew up in Mississippi, and lived through segregation.
“It was something that you grew up with. That’s all you knew,” she said.
But she learned a lesson from her mother.
“She demanded respect, because she gave it,” Childress said. “She didn’t care whether you were white or black, and she always got it.”