Carol J. (Alexander) Lewis was raised in Champaign in the First street area and graduated from Champaign High School (now Central High School). She attended the University of Illinois. When World War II began, her father was sent to Lima, Ohio, where she was born. After the war ended, the family moved back to Champaign. After marrying Joe Lewis, her husband of fortyfour years with whom she has two children, she moved to Decatur. She then moved to Danville. She lived in Danville for over twenty five years. While there, she served on the Danville School Board for two and one half terms. After moving back to Champaign she reunited with Salem Baptist Church, which is the church she was baptized in. At Salem, she serves in the Deaconess ministry, Membership and Outreach ministry, Salem Baptist Cyber Project committee secretary, and chaired many special days. She is presently president of the Champaign County Section on the National Council of Negro Women. During the civil rights struggles in Champaign, she worked with her mother in several capacities such as serving on the committee to picket J.C. Penny and as one of the picketers at Penny’s when it first opened in Champaign.

Carol was featured in Difference Makers 2010: An eBlack Champaign-Urbana Publication.

In 2011 Carol presented on her experience with the Salem Baptist Church Cyber Project committee. The presentation was a part of the CI Lab's 4th annual Digital Divide Lecture Series. The video can be seen here.