A tear squeezed from the corner of Della Jones’ eye on Jan. 20 as she watched Barack Obama take the podium to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.
She dabbed at her eyes with a crumpled tissue.
“Hallelujah,” she said softly to no one in particular.
During Obama’s speech, she bobbed her head in agreement and smiled.
Jones, who will turn 106 years old in July, continued to hope that she’d live to see the day that an African American would be elected as president.