Damani Bolden, a junior at the University of Illinois, has been elected as the university’s first black student body president. Bolden will be installed as president of the Illinois Student Senate next week. He said a love for politics led him to run for the position.
“It’s just something I was born to do. I love to serve people and I love education. In student government, the two merge together,” he said.
Bolden grew up in the Wrightwood neighborhood of Chicago and is a graduate of Lindblom Math and Science Academy. He also was student body president at Lindblom and his elementary school.
He currently is a student in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
As an individual, Bolden said, he recognizes the significance of being first African-American president of the student senate, “but in no way should it define the legacy of my presidency,” he said.