Former alma mater fellow students of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Association said they were delighted with their elevation to the nation’s second highest political office.
In an interview with Texas-based ABC 13 on Sunday, Harris’ former classmates at Howard University in Washington, D.C., described the 56-year-old’s electoral success as “overwhelming.
“She’s an African-American woman, she’s an Asian woman, she’s the product of an HBCU (Historic Black College and University) and our fraternity,” said Camille Cash, the sister of a fraternity.
Other members of the organization, such as Deidra Jackson, pointed to her involvement in networks such as Divine Nine, a group of black sisterhoods and fraternities, as crucial in gathering support for Harris’s ticket with Joe Biden, the newly elected president.
“The mobilization of Divine Nine, the HBCU, all our social organizations, the black churches, we got out like we always do,” Jackson said. “And we got the job done.”
Harris, who has represented California in the Senate since 2017, is the first woman, a woman of color, to be elected vice president.
After days of counting after the November 3 election, where national election reports confirmed her and Biden’s victory over incumbent President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, she swept to victory over the weekend.
Licia Green Ellis, a sister of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Association, described the impact of Harris’s rise to the White House and said the 56-year-old’s political journey would resonate with young colored girls in the United States.
“It sends a message to young colored women that they too can reach this kind of heights,” she said.
“It is no longer just about watching men reach these kinds of heights.
In her Saturday night speech in Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, Harris used her victory speech to praise the role played “by the generations of women, black women, Asian, white, Native American women who have paved the way for this moment tonight in our nation’s history.
“Women who have fought and sacrificed so much for equality and freedom and justice for all, including black women who are often too often overlooked but who so often prove that they are the backbone of our democracy,” she said.
Harris continued: “All the women who for over a century have worked to secure and protect the right to vote.
“A hundred years ago with the 19th Amendment, 55 years ago with the Electoral Code, and now in 2020 with a new generation of women in our country who have continued to vote and fight for their fundamental right to vote and be heard.
“Tonight I reflect on their struggle, their determination and the strength of their vision to see what can be relieved by what they have done so far. And I stand on her shoulders”…