Cookies With Santa

Book Launch & Celebration

The Lewis community recently celebrated a book launch for She Lives In You! The Kathleen Bolden Story, a story about a very dedicated and beloved Lewis University graduate and former staff member. The book is written by Kathleen's daughter, Kay. In 1968, Kathleen Bolden, a 30-year-old wife and mother of three young children, made the decision to earn her college degree, and went on to earn a B.A. in 1971 from Lewis University and a M.A. in 1972 from Governor’s State University. Kathleen joined the Lewis staff in 1971 as Assistant Dean of Students. During her ten year tenure at Lewis, she held several positions including Adjunct Faculty Member, Director of the College Success Program and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. According to Kathleen, her goal was, “to make a difference, to be a good mother, not only to my own children, but to any child who needs me.” (Read more below).

(If you cannot see the slideshow below, click here.)

 (If you cannot see the video below, click here.)


Kathleen was a mother figure for hundreds of Lewis students and considered them her extended family. She fought for social justice and equal opportunity for all. Kathleen was one of four African American pioneers in the Lewis Community - along with Dr. Charles Kennedy, Elmer Sims and Charles Jones - recognized through the Trailblazer Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship honors the legacy of our Trailblazers and supports African American students at Lewis University in good academic standing with financial need who demonstrate a commitment to their community.  As a defender of the poor and the powerless, Kathleen understood social inequities based on race, gender and economics and was available to help anyone, regardless of their background.

A community organizer and civil rights activist, Kathleen Bolden founded the Warren-Sharpe Community Center to support and empower at-risk youth and their families. Her campaigns for peace and justice continued until her untimely death at age 57. All proceeds from the book benefit Youth Program at Warren-Sharpe Community Center.