When she was a Grand Valley student, Kyra Harris Bolden worked for Americorps in a position that took her to various Grand Rapids Public Schools.
Bolden, '10, told a Grand Valley audience she recalled one elementary school visit when a Black girl asked her if girls can go to college. Bolden assured the young girl that college is, indeed, for girls and, in fact, she herself was a college student.
"'See, I told you,'" the girl said to her friend.
Bolden, who has sat on the Michigan Supreme Court since January and is the first Black woman to hold that seat, said that moment of time during her Grand Valley years has stuck with her.
"So, two Black girls who looked like me questioned if they could go to college," Bolden said. "It was when I realized how important representation is."