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First African-American student president elected at U of I

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

A University of Illinois student who became the first African American elected Student Senate president has won an honor from Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History.

The that the museum gave 21-year-old Damani Bolden a "Rising Star" award.

University officials said in a statement that Bolden beat three other candidates with 59% of the vote. It's the first time in the university's 146-year history that an African American student will hold the position. The junior will be sworn in as president this week.

Bolden is a Chicago Public Schools graduate. He says he's ecstatic to be elected.

His parents say he's been preparing to be a leader since childhood when he used to make speeches in a tie and shirt before family members.

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