Mrs. Darden was born in Dallas, Texas on February 17, 1900. She is among the oldest living African-Americans in the United States.
Despite her impressive longevity, Darden remains humble.
"I appreciate the years I've had," she told ABC7 Chicago. "They weren't too bad."
Mrs. Darden says she lives by the axiom, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste". She voted in the election earlier this month and remains active in her church.