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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Broker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Keep On Pushing.

Birthplace

Born:
7/16/1938
Birth Location:
West Helena, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Broker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Keep On Pushing.

Birthplace

Born:
7/16/1938
Birth Location:
West Helena
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Biography

Jerline Lambert was born in West Helena, Arkansas, on July 16, 1938, and was adopted when she was ten months old. While her early education was in Arkansas, Lambert finished her education in Chicago, earning an A.A. from Central YMCA and a B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago in 1989. Lambert has also received a variety of other certifications, including a certified real estate appraiser license from Howard University and a certified real estate manager license from the University of Chicago.

Lambert first began in real estate in 1965, when she went to work as a sales representative for Well's Realty in Chicago. In 1968, she became a real estate broker and opened up Lambert's Realty, serving as president and CEO. Lambert took classes and became the first African American woman certified real estate manager. Since then, her business has grown to include real estate appraisals and property management, incorporating a staff of fifteen, including four of Lambert's children.

In recent years, Lambert was appointed by the National Association of Realtors to work as district coordinator for Illinois Congressman Danny Davis, bringing to his attention various housing related issues throughout his district. She has also been involved in a number of community organizations and has been the recipient of numerous awards. She was appointed by former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar to serve as a member of the Governor's Commission of Mortgage Practices; is president emeritus of the Chicago Chapter of Africare; and the first vice president of the Midwest Community Council. Lambert has also served on the national board of Operation PUSH. Lambert has appeared in Who's Who In American Women, has been the recipient of the Rainbow/PUSH Women in Business Achievement Award and has received the Midwest Community Council Lifetime Award for Distinguished Community Service.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Jerline Lambert narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Jerline Lambert's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jerline Lambert lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jerline Lambert describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jerline Lambert describes being raised by her adoptive parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jerline Lambert describes her adoptive father's cotton farm in Round Pond, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jerline Lambert describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jerline Lambert describes her experiences attending Rosenwald School in Round Pond, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jerline Lambert talks about being bussed to Lincoln High School in Forrest City, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jerline Lambert describes being a young bride
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jerline Lambert describes the sights, smells, and sounds of her childhood in Round Pond, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Jerline Lambert describes her childhood home in Round Pond, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jerline Lambert talks about her desire to finish her education after she got married
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jerline Lambert describes her move to Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jerline Lambert describes her experiences living in Chicago in the late 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jerline Lambert describes how her work experiences in Chicago motivated her to go back to school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jerline Lambert describes completing her high school education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jerline Lambert describes purchasing her first home, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jerline Lambert describes purchasing her first home, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jerline Lambert describes why she enrolled in real estate school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jerline Lambert describes being released from the contract for the first home she purchased
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Jerline Lambert talks about buying a home on contract
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jerline Lambert describes being involved with Operation Breadbasket and Operation PUSH
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jerline Lambert describes what motivated her to begin managing properties
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jerline Lambert describes why she and her husband divorced
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jerline Lambert describes being trained as a real estate agent by Mrs. Geraldine Wells
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jerline Lambert describes the real estate success of Geraldine Wells on Chicago's West Side
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jerline Lambert describes what she learned from real estate agents Geraldine Wells and Michael Willis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jerline Lambert describes the term "blockbusting"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jerline Lambert describes opening her own real estate office, Lambert's Realty
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jerline Lambert describes how the Fair Housing Act of 1968 affected the first year of Lambert's Realty
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Jerline Lambert describes being a property manager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Jerline Lambert describes how she decreased her overhead costs during her early years managing properties
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Jerline Lambert describes the challenges of owning Lambert's Realty, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jerline Lambert describes the challenges of owning Lambert's Realty, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jerline Lambert describes why she became a real estate appraiser
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jerline Lambert talks about realtors and realtists, and the mentorship she received as a real estate broker
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jerline Lambert describes her political involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jerline Lambert describes serving committees for Illinois State Governors Jim Edgar and Dan Walker
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jerline Lambert talks about maintaining her business interests on Chicago's South and West Sides
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jerline Lambert talks about Chicago African Americans who were involved in real estate and professional organizations she was involved in
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jerline Lambert talks about the circumstances in the real estate market that shaped the 1940 Hansberry v. Lee case
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jerline Lambert describes how she has helped youth and her clients
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Jerline Lambert describes her work ethic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Jerline Lambert talks about her children's involvement in her real estate business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jerline Lambert talks about attending college
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jerline Lambert describes the real estate profession
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jerline Lambert reflects upon having a successful family business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jerline Lambert shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jerline Lambert describes the challenges of transitioning from public and rented housing to private housing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jerline Lambert describes what it means to be a good property manager
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jerline Lambert talks about the legal aspects of property management
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jerline Lambert describes how Chicago neighborhoods have changed over time
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Jerline Lambert describes what she would have done differently in the real estate business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Jerline Lambert talks about her adoptive parents